Want to Engage & Retain Your Best Employees? Try These 10 Sentences

Telling people “You’re doing a good job” isn’t going to make them want to stay at your company. Why? Because it is not specific enough. Praise can help you retain your top employees, so kudos for trying. But, the most effective praise is detailed and relevant.

Develop an arsenal of “openers” that you can use to keep your praise specific. Here are 10 to get you started:

“You really made a difference by…”

“I’m impressed with…”

“You got my attention with…”

“You’re doing top quality work on…”

“You’re right on the mark with…”

“One of the things I enjoyed most about you is…”

“You can be proud of yourself for…”

“We couldn’t have done it without you’re…”

“What an effective way to…”

“You’ve made my day because…”


Adapted from Mark McCormack’s Success Secrets

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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1 Comment

  1. I like this! Very succinct, practical and effective Sandy. Know that someone is not only reading your blog, but also looking for the next time it can be applied. I expect that small things like this will make a positive difference in our company’s culture.
    THX – MC

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