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Is it OK to praise my boss for a good job? 20-40-60 Etiquette panel weighs in with Alan Herzberger as guest.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Callie Athey Published: September 2, 2013

QUESTION: My boss just appeared on a local television station. The interview was really good. He was very personable and at ease with the person who interviewed him. Should I send him an email about what a good job he did? And that makes me think about some others who I think have done really good jobs around me. Is it old-fashioned to tell them they are really doing well at their positions? What do you think?

CALLIE'S ANSWER: No, it is always nice to be noticed! Sending a nice email to express how you appreciate the job they are doing is affirmation for them. They get a boost of confidence as well as have a want to perform even better. This is a great idea and I hope all follow suit with you!

LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: I don't think you can go wrong by telling your boss or any other co-workers that they did a good job. People always respond well to sincere praise and a “thank you,” no matter the source, as long as the person giving the compliment means it.

HELEN'S ANSWER: It is always appropriate to praise someone for what they are doing well. Everyone in the workplace appreciates a sincere “good job.” What if you worked at a job and no one ever said a word about the work you did? That would be terrible.

Add joy to any situation you are in and hand out sincere compliments!

GUEST'S ANSWER: Alan Herzberger, Digital Managing Editor, This one is simple. It is not old-fashioned to offer genuine and appropriate compliments to people, whether they are your boss, your co-worker or your employee.

Callie Gordon is twenty-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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by Callie Athey
Freelance Writer
Callie Athey is 20-something and is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in various positions, ranging from Event Coordinator to Environmental Health and Safety Assistant. Currently, Callie is an Executive Assistant to a...
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