Different workers need different things from you




Fill in the gaps in the article with the words in bold below:


milestone                   esteem                   resonates                 innate            

undivided                              off-limits                                address

connectedness                           token                      boundaries


(…) One of the reasons employees cite for quiet quitting is feeling as though their employers do not care about them. Feeling cared about – esteemed, appreciated, are 1. ……… needs. 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs tells us that, as humans, we are motivated to first satisfy lower level, physiological needs like food, water, and shelter. Once these needs are met, we will seek to 2. …….. higher order, psychological needs such as love, belonging, and 3……. . (…) A salary may cover employees’ basic needs, but what’s covering the next order of needs?  Enter the 5 Love Languages. 

(…) Here are ways the 5 Love Languages can be applied to show employees that they are valued: 

Acts of Service: This employee may experience love or appreciation when someone (…) helps make life a little easier in some way. (…)

Quality Time: This employee may feel loved when they have someone’s 4. ………….. attention while together. (…)

Words of Affirmation (…)

Gifts: This employee may feel appreciated when someone gives them a 5. ……….. of appreciation. A coffee gift card for a job well done, (…) a cake for an important work 6. ……….. – these small gestures can go a long way in making an employee feel appreciated. 

Physical Touch: (…) One of the most indelible images of Obama is of him walking down the hallway and greeting a custodian with a fist bump. While hugs may be 7. ………… given personal 8. ……….. and workplace policies, a fist bump can be a physical expression of 9. ……………. and serve to humanize employees. (…)

Knowing which language most 10. ………….. with employees can be achieved by taking the time to learn more about them – beyond their productivity. (…) 


In order to check your answers/ read the whole article, go to: https://www.inc.com/angelica-s-gutierrez/5-love-languages-show-employees-they-are-valued.html

Key: 1. innate; 2. address;  3. esteem; 4. undivided; 5. token; 6. milestone; . 7. off-limits; 8. boundaries; 9. connectedness; 10. resonates




  • whopping – extremely large
  • esteemed – regarded highly or favorably; respected or admired
  • apprehensive – fearful or anxious
  • indelible – impossible to forget


Practice makes perfect

Watch the video and pick the right summary (below).

1. In the video, it suggests that love is solely a result of brain chemicals and has no emotional depth. It implies that infatuation is a fleeting feeling with no lasting impact on relationships. The video subtly hints that attachment in relationships is solely driven by biological factors and lacks genuine emotional connection. It concludes by stating that breakups are merely physical reactions in the brain and do not involve genuine emotional pain.


2. Love is a complex emotion involving the brain and various neurochemicals. The initial stage of love, known as infatuation, is characterised by intense feelings and increased brain activity. As the relationship progresses, feelings of attachment and commitment are fostered by hormones like oxytocin and vasopressin. However, the end of a relationship can lead to emotional distress and activate brain regions associated with pain and stress.


3. In the video, the focus is on the impact of love on physical health. It explores how being in love can lead to improved physical well-being and lower stress levels. The video also discusses the role of hormones in promoting overall health and well-being in individuals in romantic relationships. However, it concludes with a hopeful note, suggesting that love can be a powerful tool in maintaining good health and emotional balance.


Key: 2




  • Have you ever fallen head over heels in love?
  • How important is love?
  • Does love last forever?
  • What do you reckon of ”the 5 Love Languages”. Would you like them to be appplied in your workplace? Which of them would you appreciate the most?



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