The 5 Appreciation Languages of the Work Place

5 Love Languages” is completely embedded in today’s pop-culture terminology (thanks to Gary Chapman’s New York Time’s best-selling book that popularized the term in 1995).  But did you know that Dr. Chapman created a spin-off book called the 5 Appreciation Languages of the Workplace? Written by 2 psychologists,  5 Appreciation Languages of the Workplace really digs deep into the understanding of an office-ecosystem, and educates readers on how to improve their office culture by way of positive interaction. SO- if your workplace could use a little positive boost in day-to-day interactions, read on.

 The 5 appreciation languages are on a mission to: 

  1. Help staff express genuine appreciation for each other.
  2. Increase loyalty with the employees in your organization.
  3. Reduce cynicism and create a more positive work environment.
  4. Improve the ability to show appreciation for difficult colleagues.
  5. And convey the language of physical touch in appropriate ways.


All of that sounds great, right? We think so too.  Read on to learn about the 5 appreciation languages of the work place, and how you can utilize them to create a happier office environment (Or, if that doesn’t quite float your boat, read our post on the 5 ways to boost employee happiness In your office).


5 appreciation languages at work


1.  Words of Affirmation: 

There is power in positive language.  And words in the workplace, both written and verbal, can be used to affirm and encourage. Some people prefer personal one-on-one communication, while others value being praised in front of others.  It’s always best to feel out different office personalty types before offering praise.

2.  Quality Time:

Whether its hanging out with coworkers, or having personal focused time with your supervisor, spending quality time is a great way to show appreciation.

3.  Acts of Service:

Working collaboratively on a project or hopping into a task with a busy coworker are both great ways to show affirmation.  Going out of your way to help a teammate who is behind or in the weeds is another great way to hop in and show appreciation (and possibly the most well-recieved!)

4.  Tangible Gifts:

The key to an effective gift in the workplace is the “thought,” not the amount of money spent. Taking time to notice what your colleagues enjoy (coffee, magazines, bagels, etc) and observing their hobbies and interests are important when demonstrating that you know them as a person.  (Pro tip: this absolutely does not mean to go out and buy gifts for all of your coworkers in order to win them over. That could truly back fire and create a socially awkward situation.)

5.  Appropriate Physical Touch:

High fives and congratulatory handshakes can go a long way when you re building up trust within an office team.  These appropriate forms of touch help foster positive relationships.

How does your organization encourage appreciative language in the workplace? We’d love to hear how you are making your office brighter.  Sound off in the comments below!


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