Show appreciation toward your employees. Such a simple notion, right? Everyone wants to feel valued for the work they are doing; no matter their role on the team. The hard part about this for employers is you can easily take for granted that you appreciate someone, but if they don’t feel appreciated it has no impact. This is because as human beings we are all different and have different views on what appreciation looks and feels like.
Gary Chapman, New York Times best-selling author, and Paul White wrote The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest it. As a manager, it is incredibly eye opening. The book doesn’t just apply to management. Appreciation shown between colleagues can have just as big of an impact.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace are defined as:
1) Words of Affirmation – This is can take many forms including verbal or written praise. It can be public or private. For it to be the most effective, it should be specific. A simple “Nice job!” doesn’t have the same impact as, “Nice job completing that project. I know it was a difficult task and I was so impressed with your ability to finish before the deadline.”
2) Quality Time – These can be routine meetings or even just a manager taking the time to go chat with their employees and showing interest in them. Giving an employee one-on-one time allows them to feel valued. It shows you truly care and that they are important to you.
3) Acts of Service – This can be as simple as helping with a task. In order for this to have its full effect, remember these two things. First, make sure you have the ability to help. Don’t offer your help if you are just as busy or can’t take on the additional workload. Second, be sure you offer your help. Don’t just take over without their permission.
4) Tangible Gifts – Gifts don’t have to be expensive. They can be big or small, but as long as they have meaning to the person receiving them they will have a positive impact.
5) Physical Touch – In the workplace, this needs to be appropriate and welcome. It can be a high five or a pat on the back. Something that seems small to one person can mean the world to another.
The key to these five languages is to get to know your employees. Know what appreciation looks like to them, how they prefer to be appreciated, and make sure to recognize their hard work.
There are many benefits to showing appreciation. Employees who feel appreciated will be happier, more engaged, and are more likely to stay with your organization. The biggest thing with appreciation is that it is highly motivating. And who doesn’t want a motivated employee?!
What makes you feel appreciated? Comment below!
Kiley Clausen, Celebrity Staff Kiley grew up in the small town of Oakland, Iowa. She attended college at the University of Iowa where she graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Kiley joined Celebrity Staff in June 2011. Since then, she has held various positions including staffing assistant, recruiter, and operations assistant. She was promoted to operations manager in 2014, where she currently assists the Omaha, Des Moines, Lincoln, and Kansas City branches and manages a team of five employees. She enjoys being part of the staffing industry and finds that no two days are ever the same. Kiley recently moved to Ankeny, IA, where she now works remotely out of the Des Moines office and enjoys spending time with her husband Justin, and two kids, Harper & Hayden.