Employees are motivated by more than just a paycheque. We also know there is a difference between Recognition and Appreciation. By showing appreciation to each other and to our employees we increase the value in the organization and provide employees with a clear understanding of what we value and what behaviors are important to us. Communicating appreciation to employees and co-workers does require some effort and thought, as a reminder there are the 5 languages.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation
1) Words of Affirmation
2) Quality Time
3) Acts of Service
4) Tangible Gifts
5) Physical Touch
Potential Blind Spot
Your least valued language of appreciation can pose a real blind spot in how your appreciation is received. Understanding and accepting your team members’ differences in how they feel appreciated and encouraged is critical to your success as a leader. The first step in getting past your blind spot as a leader is to become aware of it. Invest some time and review the workbook again to find which languages you value the most and highlight those languages you least value.
Overcoming Personal Challenges
Below is a list of personal challenges you might need to address:
• Just Too Busy – I’m too busy to regularly show appreciation to others
• Belief that appreciation is not important – my employees already know they are appreciated
• Personal discomfort – I feel weird showing my appreciation
• Too structured – It feels too contrived and not natural