Book Review: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace


  • Jamie Morris University of Maryland Extension, 4-H Youth Development



appreciation, gratitude, recognition, motivation, workplace, volunteers


The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White (2012) is based on The 5 Love Languages by Chapman and research conducted by White into the relationships of co-workers and company environment. The book provides an understanding of the appreciation needs of others and offers practical actions that anyone can use in their workplace to demonstrate gratitude and potentially improve morale, connectedness, and engagement. The knowledge and suggestions provided in this book are transferable to volunteers, especially when they are an integral part of the workplace. In fact, incorporating appreciation into volunteer interactions recognizes their contributions, demonstrates their impact and may help to retain them as well.

Author Biography

Jamie Morris, University of Maryland Extension, 4-H Youth Development

Jamie Morris an Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development in Volunteer Systems and Development for the University of Maryland Extension.  She provides guidance and training in leadership, volunteerism and youth development for professionals, volunteers and youth.  With more than 25 years of youth development experience, she is passionate about providing youth with positive high quality experiences and strives to help others find their passion and place as a volunteer with 4-H.


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Chapman, G. D, & White, P. E. (2012). The 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace: Empowering by encouraging people. Northfield.

Lipp, J. L. (2011). Informal volunteer recognition: Creating a culture of appreciation.