Alert
Close

Earn Double Rewards Points: Take the AARP Social Security True/False Quiz

Prime Time Radio

Do You Feel Appreciated at Work?

New book says work and romantic relationships are similar

Gary Chapman workplace love language appreciation applies career employee employer advice tips applause

Learn the different ways in which employees can feel appreciated. — Symphonie/Getty Images

When it comes to workplace relations, a little appreciation goes a long way.

In his new book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman explores the many ways businesses can make employees feel appreciated.

The book is a follow-up to Chapman's successful series, The 5 Love Languages, and breaks appreciative workplace gestures into these categories: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts and Physical Touch.

"There are appropriate touches in the workplace," Chapman says of that final category, which he admits could be controversial. "A high five, a pat on the back, a firm handshake."

Though the most obvious sign of appreciation — a big raise — is always nice, Chapman, who coauthored the book with Paul E. White, says in today's economic climate many companies need to find other ways to reward workers. "Many companies are just trying to survive, and there's really not money there to give raises or bonuses," he explains. "Then understanding the person's language of appreciation is very important, because most of these do not require money."

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Jobs You Might Like

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Woman sitting on sofa using laptop
membership adt

Small business owners save 20% on new installation of any new ADT security system.

Mujer en la parte de afuera de so negocio

Free quotes for members from the AARP® Small Business Insurance Program.

Member Benefits

Renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Explore Your Learning Possiblities