Discover your Language of Appreciation

Every person has preferences for how their colleagues can communicate appreciation to them in a meaningful way. The Motivating by Appreciation (MBA) InventoryTM is an online assessment tool developed to:

a) help you, your colleagues, and your supervisor better understand the ways that you feel valued and encouraged; and

b) provide those who work with you specific actions that will communicate appreciation to you.


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MBA Inventory

What is the MBA Inventory?

The Motivating By Appreciation (MBA) Inventory is an assessment tool developed by psychologist Dr. Paul White and Dr. Gary Chapman, to accompany the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

The MBA Inventory assists supervisors, managers, and coworkers to be able to communicate appreciation to their colleagues in ways that are meaningful and which "hit the mark" for the person you want to encourage.

The inventory takes 15-20 minutes to complete online and an individual report is generated immediately which identifies the respondent’s primary language of appreciation, their secondary language of appreciation, and the language of appreciation which is least important to them. Additionally, a unique action list is developed for each individual's profile and personal preferences.

Click on the different versions below to learn more.


Basic Assessment

The basic version of the MBA Inventory is applicable to virtually all work settings and has been utilized in office settings of various types, manufacturing, financial services, social service settings, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses ranging from a few employees to several thousand staff members.


Medical Assessment

The medical version of the MBA Inventory was constructed specifically for those who work in medical settings including medical practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics and specialty treatment centers. Given the unique characteristics of and demands on medical service providers, the terminology and action items were created for these settings.


Military Assessment

The military version of the MBA Inventory has been created to be utilized by any branch of the military (including active duty, reserves, and National Guard). The terminology used in the inventory items will apply to military personnel, and the action items will be applicable in armed service work settings.


Ministry / Nonprofit Assessment

This version of the MBA Inventory was devised to be used for staff and volunteers who serve in a wide range of ministry and nonprofit settings.  The vocabulary used in the inventory and the action items for each language were tailored to apply to the special relational dynamics that occur in settings where individuals work together to serve others.


School Assessment

The school version of the MBA Inventory was designed for administrators, faculty and staff who work in school settings (public or private) ranging from preschool to high school. The terminology as well as the action items are tailored for these educational settings.


Long Distance Assessment

The long distance version was assembled for those relationships where colleagues and supervisors work in locations separated by distance (this could be in different parts of the city or across the country or world.) The inventory items, as well as the specific action items, are designed to account for the fact that team members are not located in the same office.

Government Assessment

Specifically designed for those who work in government settings; Federal, state, county, municipal or other government-related offices.


Appreciation at Work Rating Scale™ Reporting Package

This is a service offered by Appreciation at Work to help organizations track The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace training effectiveness. It is based on the Appreciation at Work Rating Scale™ (AAWRS) which is an effective pre- /post- training assessment tool. The service makes it easy and cost effective for an organization to view the results, identify the gains, and coach towards greater success. Click here for more information

MBAI Sample Report

Click here to download a sample of the MBA Inventory report.

MBAI Group Profile  

The MBAI Group Profile is an editable PowerPoint slide that allows you to graphically display the languages of appreciation of your work team. Click here to download.

MBAI Action Item Template

The MBAI Action Item Template is a Word document which allows you to copy the action items for each team member and paste them together on a single document. Click here to download.


Businesses and organizations may request a workshop tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of their team members. Dr. White and our Appreciation at Work™  team are available to conduct individualized, in-person training and consulting for leaders, teams of workers, volunteers, and whole organizations. Our consultation services include, but are not limited to, the following elements:

  • Supplying Appreciation at Work™ training sessions for management and leadership teams.
  • Conducting a “kick-off” presentation for large groups.
  • Providing a complete training process for multiple work groups, including interviews with key leaders, group training sessions, follow-up resources and implementation.
  • Keynote presentations to national associations and large organizations. To see an example of Dr. White speaking, click here.
  • For Keynote and Workshop topics by Dr Paul White, click here.