Why It Pays to Praise: 40 Ways to Say ‘Good Job’

You know how powerful your words can be: especially when you’re giving praise to someone for a job well done. By recognizing that person at the right time with the right words, you can impact that person – and your company – in a highly valuable way, research says.

Since a compliment’s free to give out and does much for morale and more, it pays to show your team much love. According to a new report from employee engagement firm TINYpulse, employees who receive continuous feedback believe that:

  • Their company is 11% better at taking action on their feedback
  • They feel 11% more valued at work
  • Their work environment is 12% better
  • They are 9% more likely to refer someone to work for their company

The Top 40 Employee Compliments

Recognizing your employees for good work, whether said in person or written on a performance review, starts with having the right words to express your words of appreciation. Here, TINYpulse offers its top 40 compliments that will express your gratitude, appreciation and encouragement:

  1. “Having you on the team makes a huge difference.”
  2. “You always find a way to get it done – and done well!”
  3. “It’s really admirable how you always see projects through from conception to completion.”
  4. “Thank you for always speaking up in team meetings and providing a unique perspective.”
  5. “Your efforts at strengthening our culture have not gone unnoticed.”
  6. Fantastic work!”
  7. “Even when the going gets tough, you continue to have the best attitude!”
  8. “It’s amazing how you always help new employees get up to speed.”
  9. “Wow! Just when I thought your work couldn’t get any better!”
  10. “Your work ethic speaks for itself.”
  11. “Thanks for always being willing to lend a hand.”
  12. 12. “The pride you take in your work is truly inspiring.”
  13. “You’re so great to work with.”
  14. “I am continually impressed by the results you produce!”
  15. “Thank you for being so flexible.”
  16. “It’s incredible how thorough your work is.”
  17. “Your work ethic is out of this world!”
  18. “You have an extremely healthy perspective.”
  19. “You’re one of the most reliable employees I’ve ever had.”
  20. “Thank you for setting a great example for your coworkers.”
  21. “You’re really good at cheering everybody up!”
  22. “Is there anything you can’t do?!”
  23. “It’s amazing how you’re always able to overcome any obstacle thrown your way.”
  24. “Keep up the great work!”
  25. “I was blown away by your contributions this week.”
  26. “I really enjoy working with you.”
  27. “You’re awesome!”
  28. “You are an invaluable member of the team.”
  29. “I can’t believe how lucky I am to have a great employee like you.”
  30. “You come up with fantastic ideas!”
  31. “Wow! Nice work.”
  32. “I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to the team.”
  33. “How did this place ever operate without you?!”
  34. “You play a crucial role in our company’s success.”
  35. “It’s so obvious how you pay attention to detail.”
  36. “You are always so quick to show initiative.”
  37. “You’re an awesome employee!”
  38. “It’s incredible how often you go above and beyond.”
  39. “Your work never ceases to amaze me!”
  40. “Things have definitely been crazy lately, but you’re crushing it!”

 Of course, you can’t simply just blurt out these phrases in hopes that your employees will feel valued. But when you’re timely with your praise and you give specific details of what that person did that impressed you, that’s when a compliment will stick. That’s what’ll make them continue that same behavior in the future. And what leader doesn’t want that?