Love Languages for the Workplace

Take a quick look around your office, is love in the air for your PR team? In honor of Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to take a moment to think about the 5 love languages and how they can translate into the workplace.  No I am not referring to romance at the office.  I am talking about how Dr. Gary Chapman’s 5 love languages for marriage and children can be very helpful when showing your PR colleagues appreciation.

There is a theory that every person has a primary love language, that is, a way that they best receive love and affection.  These love languages can also translate into appreciation languages for the workplace.  The 5 “appreciation” languages are:

1.       Physical Touch – This person feels motivated and appreciated when given a high-five or a pat on the back.

2.       Quality Time – Someone with this primary language likes hanging out with colleagues, maybe for lunch or a special work get together.

3.       Acts of Service – This employee appreciates a little help from time to time on a project or task.

4.       Verbal Praise – Motivation is released when this employee hears “You are doing a great job!”

5.       Gifts – Show appreciation to this employee through gift cards to their favorite places.

You may feel like you are doing a good job of showing your PR team appreciation already.  If you are at least making an effort, then that is a good start.  But realize that people are all unique, so if you are only using one of the styles to show your thanks, some may not be “feeling the love”.

All employees have a need to feel appreciated.  When this need is met through their primary appreciation language, they will feel like a valuable member of the team.  This will result in motivation to do their best at work, which makes for a positive and energizing work environment.

So decide to treat your PR team this Valentine’s Day with a little appreciation!  Start by asking each employee questions to determine their primary appreciation language.  Then be intentional about showing your appreciation in specific and unique ways.  You may be surprised at how this will impact your work environment, and possibly even your team’s success.

For more information on this topic go to MBAinventory.com.  (Motivated By Appreciation)

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