The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White


The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White

In the hard economic times in which we live, the face-off between employer and employee has contributed to making bad situations worse. Employers caution workers citing the precarious nature of the current job market and inform them that they ought to be happy they even have a job. Employees walk around on eggshells and avoid the necessary ingenuity and risk-taking behaviors needed for most businesses to succeed. Hope of a successful future in the workplace and the expression of appreciation for a job well-done bolster morale. When morale is low absenteeism increases and employees are only willing to offer the bare minimum effort in order to put food on their own tables. Everybody loses.

Bestselling author Gary Chapman adds another title to his collection of “5 Languages” books. Paul White adds both academic credentials and business experience to Chapman’s background in marriage and family counseling. Theirs is a sorely needed book on understanding the dynamics of the workplace. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace brings clarity and understanding to the nature of the beast and provides resources to help both employers and employees find the path toward improved relations. Readers will learn how to determine their own appreciation language and can then pinpoint that of others in their workplace. Armed with this knowledge as well as with the stand-alone resources in the back of the book, readers will be able to participate in the solution by taking the initiative in appreciating others.

NOTE: I requested and received a copy of this title via but made no commitment to review it.


5 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on The 9-to-5 Diaries and commented:
    Great post…


  2. Reblogged this on Kim Bethke.


  3. Kimberly, thanks for reviewing our book. I’m glad you found it to be beneficial for readers. Just FYI, I’ve done some speaking to and training with groups of librarians, who found the 5 languages to be helpful in their work relationships, especially in the midst of budget cuts!

    Paul White, PhD
    Co-author, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace


    • You’re quite welcome. After I read 5 Languages of Appreciation, I shared what I had learned with my supervisor. My supervisor is not guilty of the tactics used by the employers mentioned in the book, however we thought an informal discussion on the topic at our next staff meeting could prove valuable. Just the awareness and the acknowledgement of the need for appreciation increased morale on our team. So, thanks for that. 🙂


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