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: Writing positive feedback or communicating publicly to the organization about an employee’s work through a recognition platform .

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. Physical interactions

A simple handshake to congratulate, a pat on the back or a pat on the hand can make your team’s day! Keep in mind, however, that physical contact in the workplace remains a sensitive subject, and that any contact must be made with respect for the comfort level and personal limits of the other. Example: Clap the hand to all team members in the morning .

When to start recognition?

Just today! 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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