Love Language At Work: The Surprising Relationship
Are you familiar with or have heard of the 5 Love Languages? Well, either way, this is the perfect read for you. The concept of love language was coined by author Gary Chapman in 1992 and has grown over the years, becoming a well-established title on the New York Times Best Seller since August 2009. It has now become quite a popular culture in of itself and also a great ice-breaker question when it comes to dating and sorts.
So, what does this ‘love language’ have anything to do with productivity in the workplace, and how does it affect you and your teams, you might wonder. Well, this concept, when adapted to a more professional setting, has been proven to develop and enhance a deeper level of understanding of how you and your co-workers express affection and appreciation towards each other at work (Not in a weird and inappropriate way of course)
Before we dive deeper, participate in this short 1-minute quiz and find out what your love language is – https://www.scienceofpeople.com/love-language-quiz-list/
Got your result? Here’s a breakdown of the 5 Love Languages from a professional perspective. (You can first match it with yours and after that, find out which ones best describe those you work closest with)
Words of Affirmation
You find yourself expressing a lot with words like ‘thank you’ or ‘great work!’ and many of the verbal cues such as those. Incorporating and acknowledging your teammate’s hard work with gratitude can exponentially boost morale and camaraderie, thus leading to a healthier and ultimately happier working environment in the long run.
Don’t be shy with compliments and advice. Just like how we love receiving them, giving them will be much appreciated too!
No. Physical touch in this context does not mean you get to go around and touch your co-workers without their consent. That would be harassment, and we wouldn’t want that. Physical touch, in this sense, is more of showing empathy and understanding towards our friends at work and going out of the way to make them feel comfortable.
For example, if any of our teammates are going through rough times with personal matters outside of work, we can try our best to cater to the difficulties they go through by making it up to them during work hours (prepare an extra pack of lunch because they might be in a financial pinch, etc.)
Everyone loves receiving gifts, right? I know I do!
It does not have to be anything big or expensive. A simple gift of chocolates to share around the office or maybe a coffee mug to a co-worker who recently broke hers is all it takes to spread love and smiles around. The gift of giving is a phenomenal way to introduce a great culture of generosity in the workplace, and it makes everyone feel valued.
Spending quality time does not only have to be about going for dinner and drinks after working hours and the likes. Spending time brainstorming and getting productive results is a great way to enjoy time together as a team. Taking time to provide constructive feedback and building upon each other gives off positive energy and spurs inspiration to strive for better successes in the future.
Acts of Service
Those whose love language is ‘Act of Service’ love going the extra mile for everyone in the workplace, just like how they’d appreciate it if someone were to help them when they are stuck with a problem of the task at work.
The value of teamwork is vital when someone needs help with their assignments, and a helping hand is always appreciated, no matter where or when. Help each other out, and the bond between the team strengthens as it grows. Remember, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
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