WICHITA, Kan. – Tabor College Wichita announces a new partnership with psychologist Dr. Paul White and Appreciation at Work.
TCW will begin offering online human resource certification courses as well as online undergraduate and graduate level courses that incorporate “The 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work” and the “Motivating by Appreciation Inventory” into its business curriculum.
“As a Christian college, these principles are a great match for our business programs,” said Mark Posson, director of business programs at TCW. “Both Appreciation at Work and Tabor College’s goal is to positively impact organizations with this material in order to significantly increase the percentage of employees who feel appreciated in the workplace!”
Dr. Tom Shaw, vice president and dean at Tabor College Wichita noted that he has been using Appreciation at Work with his teams since the book was released and believes it is a tool that works very well in businesses and non-profits.
“Appreciation at Work assists leaders in understanding what encourages and motivates their employees and provides great ideas for taking this knowledge and putting it to work,” Shaw said.
The online program has already gained attention beyond the Wichita area.
“Our collaboration with White and Appreciation at Work will have impact on many around the country and will result in a great partnership between the two Wichita-based organizations,” said Tabor College President Jules Glanzer.
“I am excited about partnering with Tabor College to provide future leaders in a variety of business areas with the ability to build positive work relationships,” White said. “We know when employees feel appreciated they handle and manage ‘change’ better – which is a core issue in almost every work setting. Understanding that not everyone feels appreciated in the same way, and being able to communicate appreciation in the way meaningful to each individual, is the starting point.”
In 2011, White partnered with Dr. Gary Chapman incorporating the concept of the five love languages, which were developed for marriage and family application, and incorporated those five languages into the business environment, creating “The 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work.” Since that time, the Appreciation at Work resources have gained national recognition in numerous major companies, including for-profit, government and non-profit organizations.
Although more than 85% of all organizations have some form of employee recognition program, research shows that 65% of North Americans report that they received no recognition or appreciation at their workplace this past year. To battle this issue, seven of the top ten Fortune 500 companies have incorporated Appreciation at Work into their work environment.
For more information on the partnership and how to participate in the program visit tabor.edu/aaw.