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The Five Love Languages for Employees

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Melissa KnowlesMelissa Knowles

You've no doubt heard of the wildly popular self-help book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, by Gary Chapman. It suggests that every person has a primary language that "speaks" more deeply to them than others in terms of communicating love. I won't weigh in on the validity of this theory as it pertains to personal or romantic relationships, but when it comes to how our employees receive "messages" that communicate their value or standing within your organization, there are definitely different primary languages. What works or is clear for one employee can be ineffective for another.

In this article, we will take a look at the five love languages for employees. Surprisingly, apart from one of Chapman's original five, the languages are identical!

1. Words of Affirmation - Using words to build up the employee.

Do you think an employee does a great job? Do you appreciate their contribution? Then, this one is pretty simple. Tell them! Better yet, tell them with an audience from time to time! A quick shout out in a meeting or a mention in a company email does so much to validate an employee's efforts.

2. Gifts - A gift says, "They're thinking about me."

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