Expressing the Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

first_imgIn recognition of Valentine’s Day, a group of employees engaged in an exercise around love languages. The task was for them to identify and discuss their love languages among themselves. The goal was for each person to have a better understanding of how they like to show or receive love in the workplace. Love in this context is not referring to romantic relationships at work. Instead, it is referring to ways employees can support one another. The exercise was based on the Five Love Languages—Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch—identified by Dr. Gary Chapman.In his book called The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, Chapman introduced the subject by using this analogy— Each of us learned to speak a language that eases the flow of communication with people around us. However, communication becomes difficult when we meet someone with a different language. When this happens, we are forced to act out what we mean, point at things, or draw out images; which may not be effective. So, for effective communication to occur, we must learn the language of the other person. The group exercise caused me to think of how love languages translate to the workplace. In terms of workplace culture, what do they mean? I later learned that Dr. Chapman has a follow-up book focused on the workplace which I would like to read. However, I want to think of them in terms of appreciation and support for employees. Who wants to work in a place where they do not feel valued?Acts of ServiceAnything a person does to ease the burden of responsibilities on another.A coworker was struggling with setting up a conference room for a meeting. I noticed that she kept moving the tables around and seemed frustrated doing so. I offered to assist. Within a short period, the room was all set. Throughout the day, she said “thank you” many times expressing relief. Another employee may not have received the same effort with the same amount of gratitude. Other acts of service include offering thought partnership on a project or taking some work off a colleague’s plate. Words of AffirmationUnsolicited compliments mean the world to you.I have come across people who do not believe in giving compliments to other employees, and it is rooted in the idea that everyone is paid to get their jobs done. While that is true, the person who values words of affirmation still wants to hear or read compliments for a job well done. The words of affirmation show the employee that they are being noticed and appreciated. Saying or writing words like, “Outstanding job on that presentation today” or “I want you to be part of this meeting because I value your perspective” usually go a long way in motivating the employee. One thing to note, however, is that being specific with your compliment is often more significant. Receiving GiftsThe thought and effort behind the gift matter.Thoughtful gifts require attention to details. Those details may include a particular need or a favorite color, food, or event. Most times, the receiver is looking out for the thought and effort behind the gift. For example, if you know that your coworker loves to visit a particular coffee shop every day, you can show appreciation to that person by buying a gift card to that coffee shop. For another person, that same gift card may not mean much. The main idea is understanding what the employee values.Quality TimeOffering full, undivided attention.A person who appreciates quality time is looking to see how interested you are in supporting or getting to know them professionally. In this case, regular check-ins, lunch meetings, or one-on-one meetings are some ways to offer quality time to coworkers. Quality time provides an opportunity to discuss goals or challenges, and strategies for navigating them. It also shows your interest in their success. The regularity of the meetings often impacts the feeling of support.Physical TouchPhysical contact is crucial.Physical touch is the most sensitive language to apply in the workplace. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, everyone needs to observe caution here. When showing appreciation, it would be best if you did not go about rubbing people’s backs or hugging people that don’t want hugs. However, to show appreciation to those who prefer this language of physical touch, your safe bets may be high-fives, fist bumps, or just a proper handshake!These languages of appreciation may not be all-encompassing in the workplace. So, it is best to apply them practically. The goal should be to communicate and show appreciation appropriately.last_img read more

How To Safely Share Passwords With Others Who Need Them

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#1Password#Dashlane#Dave Dash#encrypted email#encryption#Freedom of the Press Foundation#KeePass#KeePassX#LastPass#OneLogin#password manager#passwords#Per Thorseim#RedPhone#Runa Sandvik#Signal#SnapPass#SplashID#Strip#two factor authentication It’s easy to poke fun at companies that treat sensitive information recklessly, sending or receiving plaintext passwords via unencrypted email or chat, or storing customer information in ways that are far from secure. But it can be a logistical nightmare to let multiple remote employees log into a shared account in a secure fashion.Luckily, there are a few options to make this a little easier. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the best options.LastPassLike most password managers, LastPass lets users to log in with just one master password; the tool stores all of their other passwords. Among other things, this makes it easy to create long and complex passwords and to use different passwords for each login account.In addition, LastPass’ enterprise accounts will let you share login data between individuals and across teams, with customizable permissions. That means that you can choose who has access to which folders, and make changes that are synced automatically. Enterprise accounts cost anywhere from $18 to $24 a year per user, depending on the number of users.It’s also possible for a Premium account holder to share password information in a single file with up to five other LastPass users, which could be useful for tiny startups, partnerships, or people needing to share passwords with friends or family members. Premium accounts cost $12 a year, and only the main account holder needs to have one.Because LastPass is cloud-based, it makes things easier for people logging into multiple computers, but has some drawbacks as well. For instance, you’ll be uploading your passwords—though not your master password—to the cloud, though in encrypted form.In addition, “[a] third party service [like LastPass] will be able to see which sites you have an account on … not the password itself, but when you’re accessing each password,” says privacy and security researcher Runa Sandvik, technical advisor for Freedom of the Press Foundation.KeePass and KeePassX“Keepass and Keepass X may not be as pretty as all the other tools, but it is open source, it is free, and it works,” Sandvik says. This password manager is one you have on your computer, so no third party knows when you access different sites. However, you do need to make sure you’re backing up the database frequently. (Let’s just say that losing your database of passwords would be … bad.)To share passwords with others, you need to create a database, enter the password, send the database to another person, and somehow securely send them the password to open the database. We’ll discuss that a little later.OneLoginOneLogin is another cloud-based option. OneLogin allows users to log into multiple cloud services using a single sign-on account. It can integrate with a company’s “active directory” of user accounts and permissions.Another benefit is that OneLogin can integrate with a large variety of enterprise applications. Plans range from $2 to $8 a month; there’s a free version as well.1Password 1Password is a personal privacy manager tool that allows users to create several password vaults, and share a single password vault with a group of people who also have 1Password installed. However, you do need to use Dropbox to synchronize the data.“That is a sharing solution is suitable for a family and a small team, but it’s not an enterprise solution or one for a big company,” says security adviser Per Thorseim, founder of the Passwords hacker conference. Licenses cost $49+.SplashID Safe for TeamsSplashID is an enterprise product that allows large teams or companies to share passwords and other information with larger groups of people, such as entire departments or large companies. The IT team can create users and groups and permissions, so only people who need access to passwords can see them, or to review logs of records and usage.DashlaneDashlane for Teams is yet another privacy tool that works on the company level. It syncs passwords within a team, which is helpful any time someone needs to change a password, as the change will get pushed out to all team members and their devices.Dashlane also sends security alerts to users’ devices when an account may have been compromised. A security dashboard provides tips for making an account even more secure. Licenses cost $39.99 a year for each user. There’s also a freemium version with very limited features.StripStrip is another enterprise solution that has team password sharing. It allows synchronization over Dropbox, Google Drive, and local Wi-Fi, and creates local backups of data.Don’t Forget Two-Factor AuthenticationLastPass, 1Password, and Onelogin support two-factor authentication, which adds an extra step to checking a user’s identity when they log into a website. For instance, logging into the service require not just a password, but an authorization code that’s texted to a user’s phone.Two-factor authentication is challenging to use with tools like Twitter if you have a distributed team, since a single phone number must be used, but there are often other options. Google, for example, allows users to generate backup codes, which can be shared with remote users who don’t have access to the mobile device to which the SMS code.How To Safely Share Just One PasswordSuppose you need to send someone just one password, and would rather not deal with the hassle of setting up shared-passworld tools. Or, similarly, say you sent someone a KeePass database, but then also need to send them a password so they can open it. “The challenge is that even if you were to store a shared password, you’d still need a password to get into the database in the first place,” Sandvik explains. So what’s the easiest way to safely share that single password?Options might include sending encrypted emails, which require a bit of technical know-how, or using encrypted phone or messaging apps. Open Whisper Systems’ RedPhone (Android) and Signal (iOS) apps are particularly user-friendly.SnapPass is open-source software used at Pinterest that allows people to send a URL to someone that links to a password. It may require a bit of tinkering to set it up; it stores passwords in a Redis database on the user’s own computer system.  “The URL leads to the password,” says web operations consultant Dave Dash, a former internal tools engineer at Pinterest who built SnapPass. He continued:You can only click on it once and it expires after a few days. If I need to set up an account on any system for someone, I could send them the URL, and then they’d have the password and could then change it for added security.Dash recommends that anyone setting this up make sure that the application and database aren’t publicly accessible. It’s also wise to limit the number of people who have access to the running application and its associated database.Of course, there are non-technical solutions as well. You could, for instance, send a password through a different channel than the one used for login information—you could send one through email and another via chat, for instance.This is the same concept that banks use when they send a debit card in one envelope and a temporary code in a separate one, and mail them out on different days, although of course it’s not foolproof. “That’s an option, but it assumes that NSA isn’t the entity you’re worried about,” Sandvik points out. If nothing else, just promise us you won’t store all of your passwords in plaintext in a directory called “passwords.” Photo by Tit Bonač A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img yael grauer Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

George Clooney’s 54th birthday: 9 Lesser known facts about the Hollywood star

first_imgThere is more than meets the eye. It is certainly applicable to George Clooney. First, it is hard to believe that he turned 54 yesterday, he certainly doesn’t look 54. Second, while most people admire his handsome self, the “sexiest man alive” has played a part in many notable films – switching roles among actor, director, writer and producer. In every aspect, George Clooney has been like wine, getting better with age.Here are a few interesting facts about the Ocean’s trilogy star you probably didn’t know:1. He is the first individual to get an Academy Award nomination in six different categories, for Writing and Original Screenplay, Directing, Performance in a Lead Role, Performance in a Supporting Role, Writing and Adapted Screenplay and Producer. He won two of the six, for a supporting role in Syriana and Best Motion Picture for Argo2. Clooney swore to never marry again after his first five-year marriage with actress Talia Balsman broke out in 1993. Breaking the vow, he married lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin in 20143. Clooney was bet 10,000 US Dollars by Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman that he would have children by the age of 40 – he won. Although, he returned his winnings and bet double or nothing, raising the age to 504. Clooney was born in a very popular family. His mother, Nina Bruce, was a former beauty pageant queen and his father, Nick Clooney, was a former game show host and anchorman. Singers/actresses Rosemary Clooney and Betty Clooney were his aunts5. He was a very active sports player. He played basketball and baseball, and even tried out for baseball team Cincinnati Reds, although he couldn’t get a professional contract 6. Clooney once got in a fistfight with David. O Russell on the set of The Three Kings. It was a reaction of Russell yelling at extras out of frustrationadvertisement7. Besides being an iconic Hollywood figure, George Clooney has also done humanitarian work and been a political activist. He has been serving as the “United Nations Messengers for Peace” since 2008. He was even arrested once for civil disobedience during a protest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington8. He had a pet pig named Max for eighteen years9. He is a huge fan of South Park, and even requested a role in the series from the creator, Trey Parker. He played the role of the dog, Sparky.last_img read more