Keynotes and Workshops on Appreciation at Work and Toxic Workplaces

Commonly Requested Topics for Presentations
By Dr. Paul White


Applying the 5 Languages of Appreciation to your Workplace

 Unfortunately, many workplaces today are characterized primarily by complaining, sarcasm, and an overall negativity.  This leads to poor morale and increased frustration among employees and managers – and results in higher staff turnover and numerous negative behaviors.  Fortunately, there are practical steps that can be taken to create a more positive work environment.  Learning how to communicate authentic appreciation to colleagues (rather than “go through the motions” employee recognition) can make a huge difference – as attested by our clients (Microsoft, Miller Coors, Million Dollar Round Table, numerous hospitals and over 250 colleges).  This fast-paced, high-energy humorous presentation will encourage you and give you the tools and resources to make a difference in your workplace.


Improving Staff Morale with Authentic Appreciation

Funds continue to be tight in all sectors; as a result, the stress level in workplaces is still extremely high. In spite of the growing number of employee recognition programs, employees react negatively to “going through the motions” recognition. Supervisors are frustrated, not knowing what to do to support their staff. Learn the core conditions for individuals to truly feel appreciated, how to empower your staff by giving them thanks in the ways that are meaningful to each individual, and practical ways to overcome the common challenges encountered.


How to Avoid Becoming a Toxic Workplace

 More and more is being discussed about the toxic workplace – and research has shown that millions of people report hating their jobs. Dr. White, in research for his new book, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, has identified those characteristics that create negative workplace environments and the early warning signs employees should pay attention to. Additionally, he (along with co-authors, Dr. Gary Chapman and Harold Myra) has created a “survival kit” to help individuals cope with challenging situations and to be able to take care of themselves in an unhealthy environment. Be ready to wince with pain (to some of the stories), be encouraged (by the steps that can be taken), and laugh together as Dr. White addresses the realities of negative workplaces but gives instructions on how to avoid becoming one.


Enhancing Your Employee Recognition Program with Authentic Appreciation

The “word on the street” among consultants, trainers and HR managers is that employee recognition programs aren’t working. Recent research bears this out: employee engagement is actually at its lowest level since it has been formally measured.  Yet many companies and organizations are trying to emulate the programs larger corporations have used, and found lacking.  The foundational issues that need to be in place for employees to feel truly valued and appreciated will be addressed.  Practical steps and resources are provided that show organizations and leaders to effectively communicate authentic appreciation in a complementary way to their existing employee recognition activities, and in ways that don’t cost a lot of money.


How to Survive (and Change) a Negative, Cynical Workplace

Negativity, complaining, cynicism and a lack of trust are common characteristics of many workplaces today.  Why?  Are employees more negative?  Do managers really not care about employees?  Understand where the negativity comes from and what can be done to make a more positive work environment. From his research with toxic workplaces, Dr. White identifies the three main areas that create toxicity among work relationships and gives practical steps that individuals (regardless of their position in the organization) can take toward making their workplace healthier and more positive.


Laying the Foundation for a Healthy Organization: Communication, Trust & Respect

While communicating appreciation to colleagues is important and valuable, if there are underlying challenges with poor communication patterns (including “no communication”), a foundational lack of trust among employees and with management, and an overall environment where individuals repeatedly feel treated with disrespect, these issues must be addressed first.  Dr. White will explore the issues that create these negative patterns, especially our cultures misunderstanding of trust and how to build (or rebuild it), and then give practical steps each participants can apply in their daily work relationships.


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