"The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace" is another book of the famous The 5 Love Languages series by Gary Chapman. With this book, Dr. Chapman co-authored with Dr. Paul White, a psychologist, author, speaker and consultant specialized in workplace relationships. If you love The 5 Love Languages, you'll enjoy adding this to your collection.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace targets a specific audience - those in a working environment. Some will say if you read the original The 5 Love Languages, you already know what all the other books in the series are about - using the love languages to build and heal a relationship. They are correct. However, with the specific targeted books from the series, Dr. Chapman and his co-authors (depending on the book and its target audience) provides readers with specific examples and personal experiences on how to demonstrate or notice the various love/appreciation languages administered by themselves or others. To me, that is essential and worth reading.
With The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White provided readers with the same 5 languages - words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, tangible gifts and physical touch. With each, explanation and examples in a workplace and how to show such appreciation language were provided. Yes, the information of what these 5 "appreciation" languages are similar, if not the same as/from the original The 5 Love Languages, but the content of action is different and targeted to why readers bought this book in the first place. Not only does this book cover how to show appreciation, it also helps readers notice others' appreciation efforts.
This is a good and easy read. It's for those who manages, as well as those under management. Face it, you are among your colleagues a very long time every day and a harmonious and efficient environment makes a good day. This is not only an individual read, it is good as a group and to build a support atmosphere within the workplace. Try it out. If you're not happy at work, maybe there's something you're missing or blinded by. This book may give you some insight. Showing and accepting appreciation can empower any one and together, an organization. This is not only for a corporate setting, it will work well for any type or size of organization.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Moody Publishers for an honest review.