Do you speak the 5 languages ​​of recognition?

June 6, 2022

In Recruitment and Employer Brand

In today’s working world, it is undeniable that recognition at work is an essential pillar for employee motivation. But did you know that a simple thank you will have more impact if it is said in the right language?

Many researchers and authors have succeeded in demonstrating the importance of day-to-day recognition among employees, and its more than positive impact on the organization’s overall productivity.

To recognize an employee is to contribute to his well-being and to the establishment of healthy and harmonious work relations. You still have to do it in the right language!

“ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you felt about them. ―Maya

The 5 Languages ​​of Recognition

According to Dr. Gary Champan and Dr. Paul White, authors of the book ”The 5 languages ​​of appreciation at work” there are 5 languages ​​that allow any manager to create a harmonious work environment in which employees will be productive, and they won’t try to leave.

1. Words of Appreciation

Some employees enjoy person-to-person communication while others prefer to be recognized publicly. Even better, give them more accurate recognition to work wonders.

Example: Give words of appreciation to one individual through a recognition platform who shined or went above and beyond the past day, this is a great way to recognize great work in real time. 

2. Thoughtful Gifts

The value of a gift is not measured by its price, but more by the effort you have made to find the right gift for the right person. Ask yourself the right questions beforehand: “What would this person appreciate? What are his passions? What would make her feel special? The fact that you took the time to think about what they would like will be greatly appreciated.

Example: Offer an experience to live, an exceptional bonus or bring a cake to celebrate an occasion.

3. Acts of Benevolence

These are all small, spontaneous and voluntary gestures that aim to encourage team members and show them that they are valued. Whether it’s to help a colleague finish his report before the deadline, or to have dinner delivered to an employee who has to work late.

Example: Perform tasks for an employee to relieve him.

4. Special Moments

Some employees will enjoy spending quality time with one or more team members, whether it’s during a 1:1 meeting with their manager or lunch with co-workers. Take a few minutes to connect with your team beyond work-related discussions.

Example: Organize a coffee break or a dinner break in person or virtually.

5. Flexibility Rewards

Acknowledge and reward employees with flexible work options as a token of appreciation for their dedication and hard work. Whether it’s a day off, flexible scheduling, or remote work opportunities, providing flexibility shows trust and respect for employees’ work-life balance needs.

Example: Offer a “Flex Day Pass” redeemable for a day off or the ability to adjust work hours for personal commitments.

When to Start Recognition?

It’s never too late! To be effective and to bring benefits, gratitude must be practiced on a daily basis.

You will say to yourself: “I have a lot of employees, I am very busy and it will be very complicated! “. The Orange course is the solution for you!

By following this course, you will be equipped to integrate recognition into your daily life, and increase the level of productivity and commitment of your teams. So, shall we start?


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