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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, by Gary Chapman and Paul White, applies the love language concept to the workplace. This book helps supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships betwe ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by Northfield Publishing (first published July 6th 2011)
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
It's hard to argue with the major premise of the book: that feeling appreciated is critical for employees in all fields, and that each person has a different set of things that make him or her feel that appreciation. And there were indeed a number of suggestions contained in the book that made good sense.

However, it was at least twice as long as it needed to be, with a lot of unneccesary repetition. People who need or would have an interest in this book are, almost by definition, busy, and would
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Gary Chapman's books on love languages, especially the one about teenagers. I do agree with the his main point....that everyone values different displays of love and appreciation. While I'm not a "gold star" girl, I do love when someone steps up to help me out because, I'd never ask for it.

This book is about appreciation in the workplace. If I'm being completely honest, this book kind of made me a little bitter. I work for the government and they don't believe in employee appreciation...
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
There's some helpful information in here that I hope will help me inspire my staff, but it's bogged down by what is essentially a 230-page advertisement for Chapman and White's consultation services. My suggestion: read Sections 1 and 2, and scan through Section 4 if you need.
Karen ⊰✿
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookiam
This was a pretty interesting read as the author (Gary Chapman) has taken his "5 love languages" and with the help of Paul White, altered them to suit the workplace and provide guidance for how to provide your co-workers, manager and staff with appreciation that will motivate them.

The book essentially explains the background for the MBA inventory (Motivation By Appreciation) and gives some examples of how to introduce and use it successfully in your workplace. It also includes a code that allow
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-book-list
The 5 Love Languages is a must-book, especially if you're married.

This book was helpful but I think it would have been just as good as a blog post. The most helpful insight was explaining the difference between recognition of employees and appreciation of employees. "Recognition is largely about behavior. Appreciation focuses on performance plus the employee's value as a person. Recognition is about improving performance and focuses on what is good for the company. Appreciation emphasizes what
The CurvyJones
Told my manager that I would read this book, 5 languages of appreciation at Work. It wasn't "WHOA!" enlightening or anything but I did want to confirm what I thought my language of appreciation would be, and I was interested in my secondary and what language is LEAST motivating to me.
Turns out I was right, verbal affirmation is important to me. I don't need gifts or trips, I don't wanna hang out with everyone... just say thank you and acknowledge that the girl in the corner is doing good work an
Chelsea Serrano
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well since I just started working, I wanted to know more about how I can not be a burden to my colleagues especially since I'm fresh from college and everything is just so new to me. Meeting new people and building a relationship is a bit of a challenge for me because I am a bit of an introvert. So, I found this book really helpful and helped me not only identify my appreciation languages, the most and least important, but also my family, friends, colleagues basically everyone I'm connected to. ...more
Paul Goble
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Managers and supervisors, especially in nonprofit and volunteer organizations
A flawed but nevertheless indispensible exploration of what it takes to successfully communicate "I appreciate you" to colleagues and subordinates in the workplace.

The book explains five "languages" of appreciation: words of affirmation, tangible gifts, quality time, acts of service, and physical touch. Each person has a primary language--"It doesn't matter how often you tell me that I'm a valued contributor or give me gifts; I simply will NOT feel appreciated until you come alongside me and hel
Before COVID really took off, a group of us from my workplace were reading this together for a bookclub. But after we had to stop meeting, I kept reading it.

The first eight chapters are incredibly practical and worth reading for anyone in a competitive workforce, especially leaders. If you've read The Five Love Languages then you will be familiar with the five areas of appreciation listed: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Tangible Gifts, Physical Touch, and Acts of Service. The same concepts
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Chapman's 5 Love Languages book previously, so this was basically a reminder of that but in workplace terms. It seems common sense to appreciate people who work for/with you, but some good reminders.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book became very repetitive very quickly. I agree the general principles are good but it could have been summed up in an essay. We didn’t need a full book.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White (originally publishes in 2012, this is the newest edition) is based off of Gary Chapman's original book The 5 Love Languages. Applying the concepts of The 5 Love Languages to work is a bit challenging but Chapman and White make it easy to relate to the examples of how to understand how people accept appreciation and respect at work.

Each person is different, but generally people will fall into one of the five areas wh
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I have long been an advocate for applying the five love languages into relationships. Even before I knew that the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace book existed, I've had conversations with co-workers about how you could apply these languages in the workplace. Therefore, I was delighted to find out that there was actually a book dedicated to this topic and knew I had to read it. I truly believe that these languages exist and could really make a difference in the happiness level of wor ...more
Allyson Bedford
While I found this book more useful than “The 5 Love Languages,” I still have some issues with the premise of the research. Without a doubt, there is value in knowing how to express appreciation in the workplace and knowing that there are different ways of expressing appreciation. However, the authors spend a significant amount of time trying to convince the reader that appreciation (and not money) is the biggest factor in whether or not someone is good at/stays with their job. There is a HUGE d ...more
Ann T
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Moody Publishers and Netgalley for this ARC.

I have read the ‘Five Love Languages’ and the ‘Five Love Languages for Children ‘ and still, years later highly recommend them to people.
This book will also be added to that list now !! Again, Mr Chapman and Mr White present easily readable information on how people have different work styles. It is a highly informative, common sense book for all leaders, and team members to read and embrace.
David McClendon, Sr
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We were sent a review copy of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace for the purpose of writing this review.

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is an eye-opening book. The authors, Gary Chapman and Paul White, reveal a method of communicating with workers in the workplace. Their methods help bosses understand the best way to show their employees how valuable they are.

The authors provide tools for how to assess what motivates individual employees in the workplace. They re
Dalani Madore
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appreciation is the key!

The timing in reading this book couldn’t have been more perfect for me! I can’t wait to start implementing the concepts with my team and sharing with my peers to help bring our company culture back to a healthy state!
Drew Clancy
Applies the framework of the Five Love Languages to a professional setting. One of the authors' key messages is that different people like to be appreciated in different ways - which is a valuable insight. They outline the different languages of appreciation (also valuable) and provide an assessment that individuals and teams can use to discover their language. So while there is some good information here, I thought the book was overly long. I would recommend skimming for the key elements and th ...more
Nicole Beeman-Cadwallader
Some good ideas which I will likely try. The gendered assumptions and stereotypes were difficult to slog through, and it often read like an advertisement for their training program.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good enough information. I’ve been trying little things with my co-workers since I started this book.

However it is way too long for the amount of information i. The book. I skimmed the last half because it had already been covered I. The first half.
Andy Nanar
Some parts are more interesting than others. There are some decent takeaways in terms of different languages of appreciation but most of the stories sound very manufactured.
Rachelle Cobb
Repetitive and too many testimonials/“examples” for me but I enjoyed the latter chapters on team dynamics (especially the tidbits about working remotely).
Anne Bradley
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Seemed like there was a lot of filler but I’m rounding up from 3.5 because I really like the research.
Cerisa Reynolds
The "languages of appreciation" are excellent, and I plan on encouraging my colleagues to take the "inventory" so that I can express my appreciation for them in their preferred "languages." However, there are some real problems here. Despite the book being only a few years old, the gender stereotypes found throughout the book are troubling and distracting. Here is an example: "Two tickets to the ballet are not going to make some guys feel warm and fuzzy. The idea of sitting in the cold on a Sund ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A little bland and obvious. I took away a few good points. At the very least, I will start having volunteers identify their appreciation language.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is quick and easy to read/scan. It provides a lot of really interesting insights one each of the appreciation languages. Even though two people may have the same appreciation language, they might prefer a slightly different “dialect” or way of expressing that language. Some of the examples were helpful and some of the “theory” or background information was also interesting and provided helpful context.

This book is also really cheesy at times and very obviously written from two male per
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the ideas are valid, but that the author underestimates the different organizational cultures and situations of the workplace. Everywhere is different. This approach needs more understanding of say...happy vs unhappy workplaces, doing things from the bottom up or middle out instead of top-down, etc.

Worth exploring. Probably not a cure-all.

On the plus side, nominally religious.
Linda Nelson
The latest book to make my read pile is The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People written by Gary Chapman and Paul White. Many times I’ve heard my co-workers complain that they don’t feel appreciated in the workplace which is why this particular book caught my eye and became my next to read selection and it offered a strong insight to why they were probably feeling this way for some time.
The title says it all. There are 5 languages identifie
This is a book I was very excited to have the excuse to finally read (in my new workplace, it's required reading), since the same authors are those responsible for the “five love languages.” This book applies the love language concept to the workplace, with the intent to help leadership effectively communicate appreciation to their employees – and the premise is that there are five different appreciation style categories, and not all coworkers prefer the same style.

The book and subsequent “appre
Affad Shaikh
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am focusing my directed self learning outcome for a leadership course on one aspect of the leadership model- persuasion - that I had identified as my weak point. In this process I am doing a deep dive into the academic works around persuasion. I began my survey of the topic with Dale Carnegies "How to Win Friends and Influence People" because to me persuasion was about influence. Carnegies principles were instructive, and in particular I found myself challenged by what I read about appreciatio ...more
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Married more than 45 years to Karolyn, Dr. Gary Chapman is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over forty years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages®: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Millions of readers credit t ...more

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