Everyone likes to get a pat in the back from their leaders. However, “Good job” does not always justify the hard work. In this Inc.com article, Suzanne Lucas discusses 10 ways leaders can appreciate a job well done apart from a “good job”.
When “Good Job” Is Not Good Enough
You might argue that “Good job” is harmless praise but it cannot be the placeholder for every appreciation. A little effort can improve the productivity of your team. Following are the 10 phrases you could use besides “good job”:
‘That was so creative. How did you come up with that idea?’ This not only appreciates the teammate but also displays your interest.
‘You nailed that presentation’: “Nailed it” is a term that came from Pinterest. It means that your team has set a high target and achieved it.
‘That was fantastic! I’d love to see more of that. Let’s talk’: Use this phrase when you really want to compliment someone for the hard work. This allows your teammates to understand that the appreciated individual is moving in the correct direction.
‘I really enjoyed the part where you did X’: Talk about the parts of the presentation you liked the best. Your teammate will understand why you appreciated the work. Avoid using the appreciation as a bait to criticize later. Nobody likes a ‘feedback sandwich’.
‘You were so prepared for that. You handled every question’: When you dole out these words, the teammates find out how much hard work went into the presentation.
‘I loved how you handled that client. She really understands how the product works. Thanks!’ Begin with whether you like the work and then you explain why you liked it. Short and crispy but better than a “good job”.
‘Loved your blog post. I shared it’: Not just a post, you can share a report as a template for others to follow. Let the teammate know that the work’s quality is good for your recommendation.
‘How long did that take you to put together? That was fantastic!’ While this phrase is a bit vague, you are informing that you understood the effort that was put in.
‘You did such an excellent job with X. Would you be willing to lead a lunch and learn on this?’ If it is good, your entire team must follow it, irrespective of the work being done by a newbie.
‘I want to thank Jane for the research that went into this presentation’: Recognition in front of clients is far better than a dry acknowledgment during a performance review. This will aspire the entire team to work harder just to get some words of appreciation from you.
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