How do I respond to professional praise?
March 12, 2012 1:39 PM Subscribe
My manager fairly frequently sends me email praising me for my work. I think I'm just doing my job. How should I respond?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been at my current position for a couple years now and I'm becoming more integral to the running of the (fairly small) operation I work for. I'm not surprised this happened and I would think that someone in my position would be expected to do so. My manager seems to think that I'm doing an exceptional job and working outside the expectations of my position, and emails me notes to that effect. Some notes are quite simple ("You did x very well. Keep up the good work") whereas a few are much more detailed (to the point of subtly suggesting different responsibilities/a promotion in the indefinite future).
To be concise, I'm not used to emails like these and I don't know how to (or if I should) respond to them in a professional matter. In previous environments I've worked in, the best feedback I've received is simply more advanced work and a positive performance review. As a result, I'm not sure how to handle these emails. I don't particularly want to respond with statements about my abilities that "toot my own horn" - particularly since it seems redundant. I also don't want to express a desire for different responsibility without knowing what it is and what the details are. So far, I've just responded with simple notes saying "thanks for the feedback" with a few more niceties added in, but I can't help but think that might be perceived as being somewhat lacking.
If it matters, I don't have an issue with my compensation (from a market perspective, I am overcompensated for my work, but I am also more competent than the market). I don't mind additional responsibility, but I want to keep it to responsibilities that further my career rather than ones that are just additional work.