Our Secretary and President-Nominee, Craig Roberts, hosted the club today at the new Jackson EMC facility on Buford Drive. The beginning of the meeting included some background and history of Jackson EMC as well as a demonstration of some of the software that they use to monitor the power grid and meters. After the presentation we walked around the offices and warehouse in the main building.
The Rotary Club of Lawrenceville loves the holiday season. This is the time of year that we participate in two of our major service projects. The first project is when our club members ring the bell for the Salvation Army of Gwinnett County.
The second project is when our club joins together to provide a wonderful Christmas for a family of children living in foster care. We joyfully partner with the Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services for this project.
And, of course, the season wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas party!
Cindy Pitts Gilbert spoke to the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville on Monday, July 25 about the Five Languages of Appreciation. The Five Languages are based on Dr. Gary Chapman’s work on the Five Love Languages. The basic philosophy of the love/appreciation languages is that everyone has a preferred style of showing appreciation and receiving it, and when there is a mismatch between two people’s styles, conflict and misunderstandings arise. Anyone can learn their appreciation language by taking the MBA Inventory, which requires a paid access code. You can discover your love language through this quick, free inventory.
Cindy noted that 79% of people who leave jobs say they left due to lack of appreciation and 65% of workers say they haven’t experienced appreciation at work in the past year. This leads to a lack of engagement, poor work relationships, and decreased job satisfaction. The five languages are:
- quality time
- words of affirmation
- acts of service
- physical touch.
Appreciation is an often-overlooked leadership skill. Understanding your team’s appreciation languages will help build better work relationships and increase job satisfaction.