At our December meeting ADVR discussed the theory of languages of appreciation. This theory, modeled on the work of Dr. Gary Chapman, asserts that there are five key ways in which to appreciate someone.
- physical touch
- gift giving
- words of affirmation
- acts of service
- quality time and conversation
Our discussion was lead by Kerry Woodcock PhD CPCC ACC, who got us on our feet to discover not only the way in which we want to be appreciated, but ways in which to appreciate our Volunteer corps. The overarching message to us all was of course that it’s important to listen to our Volunteer’s needs and diversify the ways in which we show them appreciation, so that saying thank you is an impactful experience for each individual.
So how do you show appreciation to your Volunteers? When was the last time your appreciation program was re-vamped? Moreover, if you asked your Volunteers if they are appreciated, what do you think they would say?