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Valentine’s Day is next week. Although it’s often seen as a day to celebrate romantic love, in the workplace it can be a day to express positive feelings to colleagues.

In particular, busy supervisors and managers who realize they don’t consistently communicate all the things they like, appreciate, and respect about their team members can use this day as inspiration to create a new habit!

Even the most intrinsically motivated people like to hear that they’re doing well.  It’s an essential employee retention tool for supervisors.

If you’re not convinced that giving positive feedback is a critical part of a manager’s job, take a look at The Value of Abundant Praise at Work, where I discuss the importance of giving praise.

Sometimes it’s a struggle to say “great job!” and “thanks” in fresh ways that sound as sincere as intended.

Below is a brief list of sweet nothings that are appropriate for the workplace to get your creative ideas flowing!Valentine's Day

  • You’re an integral part of the team.
  • You’re so good at…
  • I couldn’t have done it without you.
  • I appreciate you.
  • You handled that flawlessly.
  • This will really impress our customers.
  • This is even better than I expected!
  • You did outstanding work on the project.
  • Thank you for everything you do for our customers.
  • I’d admire your ability to…

How do you express your pleasure for a job well done? You can leave your answer in a comment below.

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While you’re in Valentine’s Day spirit, check out 7 Easy Ways to Show Employees Some Love!, where I give you a list of ways to show employees they are valued.

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