“Love Languages” in the Workplace: What are They?

Have you ever heard of love languages? This is a term for methods coined back in 1995 with Gary Chapman’s go-to psychology resource, The Five Love Languages. These are normally classified as different forms of communication between romantic partners such as spouses, but did you know that there are “love languages” in the workplace environment as well? Chapman followed-up with The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, detailing what they are. Today, let’s dive in and explore them!

 

Gift-Giving

From grabbing their morning Starbucks for them to giving a birthday card signed by the team, there are many ways you can show appreciation for others at work by giving small gifts. The key is not to let the presents speak for you – ensure you make it clear verbally that their efforts mean something to you. After all, the last thing you want is for someone to think you’re trying to buy their friendship!

 

Quality Time

There’s no better way to unwind after a long work week than with a team outing! Emotions can fly, and tempers rise during the regular nine-to-five, so gathering where your team members share stories, have fun and knock back a few drinks together on a Friday night goes a long way in ensuring everyone gets along and feels respected. In addition, ensuring every employee is granted the time and space to voice their opinion, present ideas and provide their own insights goes a long way in establishing a happy workforce.

 

Words of Affirmation

Showing hard-working folks that you’re paying attention and recognize their contributions are hugely helpful at boosting morale, with everything from a quick thank-you with a funny .GIF on Slack to a face-to-face chat over the watercooler serving as suitable methods. Having the ability to really listen and respect the input of other employees is critical in this way also – treat others the way you want to be treated!

 

Acts of Service

You don’t have to wait for someone to do a good deed for you before making a positive difference in the working lives of others. Notice someone’s internet not working? Help them restore the connection. See an employee struggling with carrying something heavy? Help shoulder the burden to get the job done. It’s the little things that count!

 

Touch

You can “touch” someone’s heart by providing emotional support and lending an ear. Alternatively, try offering a hands-on form of assistance with a project someone is struggling on. Or, touch can represent giving a close acquaintance at work a hug on their last day or a pat on the back for a job well done. Just don’t overdo it!

The more we learn to appreciate and have respect for one another in work environments, the happier and more efficient we can be as team members. This leads to better mental and physical health as well as healthier relationships!

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