How to Respond When Your Boss Praises You

How to Respond When Your Boss Praises You

Do you have trouble accepting compliments? Many of us do, but what about when it happens at work?

Accepting a compliment is especially significant when it comes from your boss. For example, maybe he or she sent you an email or made a point of acknowledging you, whether in private or at your last company meeting.

Here are a few ways to make sure that you do so with grace and professionalism.

Accept the Compliment and Acknowledge the Appreciation

Many of us feel awkward when we receive compliments and try to avoid accepting them. But accepting it doesn’t make you look like a snob; it makes you seem grateful and professional.

If your boss wrote you an email, send him or her one back, acknowledging the time they took to share their appreciation of you and mentioning how glad you are to work with your current company.

If the compliment takes place in person, a simple, “Thank you” can suffice. If it’s a more formal setting, such as a meeting, you can also mention the efforts of the rest of the team, or express your gratitude to be working with them, after you accept the compliment.

Take Note of What Was Praiseworthy

Receiving a compliment from your boss isn’t just about praise. You can also use it to help to improve your work performance in the future.

Knowing what your boss finds especially notable in terms of work performance means you know what makes them tick. Did you increase sales numbers drastically, or manage the team well under pressure?

Did you navigate bureaucracy and red tape while staying both calm and organized? Did you come up with creative, off-the-wall ideas that ending up working out? Did you help your team problem-solve in a sticky situation? Did you follow directions to a T?

Whatever the case, look beyond the individual compliment to learn more about what your boss values in an employee. This will help you potentially secure raises or move up the ranks in the future.

Ask if it Can Be Added to Your Employment File

If your boss said something to you in person or at a meeting, you can let it go at that. If nothing else, you can be sure your praiseworthy performance will be mentioned in any future letters of recommendation or your performance review.

On the other hand, if your boss expressed his or her appreciation of your work in an email or letter (particularly if it mentioned a specific project or was formal and/or lengthy in nature), you might ask that a copy of the letter be added to your employment file.

This way, it can be used for any future performance reviews and promotion offers. You can also point to it if you ever ask for a raise.