Appreciation is Making a Difference: Here’s Where

January 19, 2021 9:00 am Published by

Over the past 10+ years, we have been diligent in investigating the concept of appreciation in the workplace from a variety of perspectives. Our goal is always to provide accurate, helpful and practical information and insights for applying appreciation to our daily work lives.  We strive to conduct high quality research and present valuable findings, but we realize if the information obtained isn’t understandable and applicable to the challenges of daily life, the results have limited value.

As a result, we have written and published numerous articles (and created videos) exploring a wide range of topics, questions, and differences in workplace settings to assist in creating valuable and easy-to-use resources. Over time, it is easy to lose sight of all of the research and writing that has been completed, so we believed it would be valuable to provide a summary of the work we’ve done. While not a totally comprehensive list, here are some of the articles and topics that have been most important to us lately.

What Appreciation Looks Like in Different Work Settings and Occupations

Dentistry: Relationship Management in Dental School (Contour, September 2019, Pages 18-21, by William Burns)

Long-term Health Care: Practical Tips for Improving Frontline Staff Morale (McKnights, January 22, 2015)

Manufacturing: Making Appreciation Work – A View from the Shop Floor (Industry Today, April 17, 2020)

Nursing: Surviving (Even Thriving?) in a Toxic Workplace (Journal of Christian Nursing, July/September 2016)

Sales: Can Appreciation Be Used with Customers and Clients? (February 5, 2018) ; Beyond Compensation: Motivating and Appreciating Your Sales Team (, April 10, 2016) 

Schools and Education: Learning the Languages of Appreciation Educational Leadership (February 2014)

Technology: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Hi-Tech Industry: A Tool for Engineers to Grow Soft Skills (15 Five); Practical Ways to Show Appreciation to Colleagues in High-Tech Settings (LinkedIn with Ana Pazos, Qualcomm Innovation Center, January 5, 2018)

Veterinary Practices:The Power of Appreciation in Vet Med (DVM 360, October 19, 2019)


Effectively Communicating Appreciation to Remote and Working from Home (WFH) Employees

The Changing Workplace: Appreciation and Remote Workers (January 14, 2021)

Newly Remote Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Snapshot of Their Perceptions, Feelings and Concerns (April 9, 2020)

Tips for Surviving Working from Home – From Remote Employees Themselves (June 8, 2020)

What Is Most Concerning to Working from Home Employees: National Survey Results (September 21, 2020)

Working from Home: How the Concerns of Employees and Managers Differ (September 28, 2020)


How Appreciation Relates to Other Personality Assessment Tools

How Personality Type and Languages of Appreciation Interrelate (March 4, 2019)

How Personality Type and Languages of Appreciation Interrelate (Strategic HR Review, February 11, 2019)

DISC and the 5 Languages of Appreciation: Improving Employee Engagement (, November 6, 2016)

Languages of Appreciation and Other Models: Do Preferences in Psychological Type Function, Temperaments, or Interaction Styles Inform a Person’s Preferred Language of Appreciation? (The Bulletin of Psychological Type, Volume 42, Issue 1)


The Specific Acts of Appreciation that People Really Desire

Understanding the Tangible Gifts Language of Appreciation (Strategic HR Review, October 14, 2019)

5 Languages Spotlight: Gifts (November 4, 2019)

5 Languages Spotlight: Acts of Service (September 23, 2019)

Avoiding Mistakes: How Others Don’t Want to Be Shown Appreciation (January 13, 2020)


How Appreciation Differs Across Cultures

Is Appreciation Just an American Concept? (July 9, 2018)

The Comparison Between Preferred Languages of Appreciation Between Singapore Employees and US Employees (Development and Learning in Organizations, September 20, 2019)



I trust you will find these resources to be helpful and ask that you share them with colleagues, managers and friends who will benefit from the information provided.

Here are two closing thoughts to summarize:

1. We are pleased with the research and articles we’ve been able to produce, but there is more to share – especially in the form of videos. Visit to see what is available.

2. We are always looking for partners to help us write (and publish) articles applying the 5 languages of appreciation to various work settings (e.g. aviation manufacturing, software development, hospital management) and occupations (e.g. speech pathology, supply chain managers, medical practice managers). If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please write us and we’ll send you an outline of what we are looking for and the basic qualifications needed.


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