How Do You Like to Be Appreciated at Work?

Christmas Vacation

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la!

One of my favorite holiday movies is Christmas Vacation.  There are so many hilarious scenes in this movie from the Griswold family driving out to the country to chop down their Christmas tree. to Clark checking all the outside Christmas lights on his house, to the arrival of Cousin Eddie and family in their RV.

My favorite scene is when Clark W. Griswold finally receives his long awaited Christmas bonus.  He is so excited when the messenger comes to his door on Christmas Eve with an envelope.  Clark anticipates it is his bonus check as he had received in the past but is shocked to find out instead it is a 1 Year Membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.

Clark worked so hard all year.  He anticipated a cash bonus.  He even put a down payment on installing a pool at his home.

This is definitely a message about Workplace Appreciation gone WRONG.

December is a wonderful month to Show Appreciation and Be Appreciated, but everyone does not give or receive Appreciation in the same way.

I’m incorporating the lessons from The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White in today’s newsletter.

Today I’d like you to think about How You Like to Be Appreciated at Work

On a scale of 1 – 10, how appreciated do you feel by your immediate supervisor?

On a scale of 1-10, how appreciated do you feel by each of your coworkers?

When you feel discouraged at work, what actions by others encourage you?

When you want to communicate appreciation to your colleagues, how do you typically do so?

How well do you believe you and your coworkers know how to express appreciation to one another?

Do you appreciate Words of Affirmation?

Do you strive for Quality Time?

Do you appreciate Acts of Service?

Do you enjoy receiving Tangible Gifts?

Knowing your Appreciation Language as well as your coworkers Appreciation Language will lead to so many positive benefits including:

  • Reduction in employee turnover
  • Improved attendance and productivity
  • Greater customer satisfaction
  • More positive relationships between supervisors, staff and peers
  • An overall increased positive outlook on corporate culture and work environment

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What I want for YOU is to know your Appreciation Language incorporate it into your Workplace.