Since the release of the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, along with the ongoing struggles in the work environment today, most topics are related to these issues. Depending on the nature of the setting, and the group for whom the presentation is directed, topics include:
How to Show Appreciation Without Spending a Chunk of Change. Businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies all are dealing with limited financial resources, yet managers and supervisors know they need to show appreciation to their team members. Many leaders are confused about what to do, with increasing reports of team members not feeling valued or engaged, when financial rewards aren’t available (or appropriate in many organizations.) Practical answers to these dilemmas are given.
Empowering Your Employees: Filling Your Team’s Tanks With the Right Thanks. Individuals differ on how they are encouraged, feel valued and motivated. Attempts to use the same types of messages to all team members leads to missing the mark for many, wasting time and energy for leaders, and eventually creating negative reactions. Learning how to give the right “thanks” for each team members’ personal “tank” is critical for them to function at their optimum levels over time.
The True Value of Diamonds. Most people believe that diamonds are valued primarily for their beauty and worth as used in jewelry. In actuality, the true value of diamonds comes from their inherent foundational characteristics that allow them to accomplish tasks that other materials cannot. This image is used to describe the true value of team members — which is not how they look or present themselves. Rather their unique inherent characteristics are what bring value to organizations. Leaders are challenged to understand the true value of their team members, which even goes beyond their performance on the job.
Continuing Education Seminar: Communicating Authentic Appreciation in the Workplace. For professionals (medical, accountants, attorneys, etc.), a three hour seminar designed to meet the criteria for continuing education credits, the core issues for effectively communicating authentic appreciation in the workplace are addressed. Managers and non-managers learn why most employee recognition programs are ineffective, and the practical steps they can take to create a more positive work environment.
Healthy Hearts – Healthy Bodies / Authentic Appreciation – Healthy Organizations. Medically, we know that a healthy heart is key for our bodies to be healthy. Similarly, authentic appreciation is a critical element for a healthy organization. Understanding the core factors necessary for team members to actually feel valued (rather than appreciation just being communicated) are addressed. Practical steps are given to assist leaders to apply the 5 Languages of Appreciation with their team members.
Employee Recognition That Works (and that doesn’t cost a lot of money). The “word on the street” among consultants, trainers and HR managers is that employee recognition programs aren’t working. And recent research bears this out: employee engagement is actually at its lowest level since it has been formally measured. Yet many smaller companies and organizations are trying to emulate the programs larger corporations have used, and found lacking. The foundational issues that need to be in place for employees to feel truly valued and appreciated will be addressed. Practical steps and resources are provided that allows organizations and leaders to effectively communicate authentic appreciation, and in ways that don’t cost a lot of money.