33+ (Actually Thoughtful) Compliments to Give to Your Coworkers

A woman in a coworking space smiles at camera after receiving a coworker's compliment.

Workdays are busy, so it can be easy to forget to give feedback unless it’s absolutely necessary—which, in most cases, means critical feedback. We often forget to pause, say thank you, and give some props. That’s unfortunate considering regularly giving compliments is one of the quickest ways to boost team morale (and generally improve your relationships with coworkers). The good news: there’s no heavy lifting here; you can make it a point to start complimenting coworkers today. 

With that in mind, here are a few examples of awesome and professional compliments for coworkers, specifically. Try doling out one a day, and see what happens. Need more ideas? Here are 10 more specific and sincere work compliments. 

In this article:  

  • Coworker compliments for specific projects
  • Compliments when your coworker is having a bad day
  • Compliments for big wins
  • Compliments based on professional skills
  • Plus, How to compliment a boss
  • And how to compliment an employee
  • Positive feedback for employee reviews and peer reviews

  

Coworker Compliments on Specific Projects 

1. “I’m so impressed with how you handled that meeting today. I always admire how clearly you present your work.” 

2. “Hey! Your latest work on X is incredible. I can tell how hard you’ve worked on it. It shows.” 

3. “I just wanted to say that I see how hard you’ve been working on X. I admire how dedicated you are to the work you do.” 

4. “I loved what you had to say today about X, and I’d really like to learn more about it. Would love to grab a coffee and hear more, if you’re open to it!” 

5. “Way to go on that project! We were all blown away.” (Sometimes, short and sweet is awesome.)

6. “I can’t get over how great your presentation was. I might need to pick your brain the next time I have to give one!”

7. “I’ve never thought about X that way before. You made me see it totally differently. I love that!”

8. “I can’t get over how great your presentation was. I need to pick your brain the next time I have to give one!” 

9. “I’ve never thought about X that way before. You made me see it totally differently. I love that!” 

 

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Compliments for a Bad Day 

10. “Hey, that was kind of a tough crowd today. I’m impressed with how you handled everything.” 

11. “I just remembered that X project you did last month—remember how well it went over? We should talk about working on something like that again. I’m ready for another big win!” 

12. “I just want to say that I really admire all the work you’re doing.” 

13. “Thank you again for helping me on X project! I literally couldn’t have done it without you.” 

14. “Hey, I know work’s been crazy lately, and I just want to say that everything you do is incredible. Can I help lighten the load in any way?” 

15. “How do you always look so put together even on crazy weeks like this? It’s so impressive.” 

16. “Thank you again for [Insert literally anything here. That’s the beauty of it.]. I know I don’t say that enough.” 

  

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Compliments for a Big Win 

17. “Congrats on the promotion. No one deserves this more.” 

18. “You killed it in there! It energized me to get started on X.” 

19. “I’m amazed by how well you do this job. It’s so inspiring.” 

20. “You inspire me to do better work.” (“Inspire” is always a good work compliment word.) 

21.  “I seriously can’t wait to see what you do next.” 

22. “Wow. Just wow.” 

23. “I’m definitely taking notes from the way you work. I want my work to be that good.” 

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How to Compliment a Coworker’s Skills 

24. “You are such an incredible problem-solver.” 

25. “I’m so impressed by how you communicate. It makes everything easier.” 

26. “I don’t know what we would do with you and your ideas.” 

27. “Thank you so much for helping me on X. I’m not the best at [insert a skill here that’s one of their strong suits], so you were a lifesaver.” 

28. “You’ve got such an amazing work ethic.” 

29. “Your skills made this project come together.” 

30. “You bring so much to this team, especially with presentations.” (You can use any specific element or skill the person tends to add to the project.) 

31. “You ask such insightful questions.” 

  

How to Compliment Your Boss 

32. “Thank you for taking the time to work with me on this. It helped me get so much more out of this project.” 

33. “I appreciate you trusting me with added responsibility. It means a lot.” 

34. “I know you juggle a lot as our manager, and I just wanted to say that I’m so impressed by the great work you get done.” 

35. “I’ve learned so much from you.” 

36. “Thank you for supporting my growth and mentoring me. I appreciate it.” 

37. “Thank you for always hearing me out and listening to my ideas and solutions.” 

38. “Your guidance has helped me incredibly during the last quarter.” 

39. “I really appreciate the constructive feedback you give to me regularly.” 

40. “You set a fantastic example for all of us to follow.” 

 

How to Compliment Your Employees 

41. “We’re lucky to have such a hardworking employee as part of our team!” 

42. “Your work has not gone unnoticed.” (This is an especially important one!) 

43. “The role you play on this team is crucial.” 

44. “The ideas you bring to the table are so valuable.” 

45. “I appreciate you.”  

46. “You have a natural strength in applying feedback and constructive criticism.” 

47. “Congratulations on a job well done!”  

48.  “Your reliability is second to none.” 

49. “The way you approached this project added so much to it. It’s great to see how your unique perspective contributed to the outcome.”  

50. I can’t say enough how grateful I am that you always take ownership of your projects. It’s so nice to know that you’ve got it covered.  

51. Hey, [Name], the work you did on [XYZ] project completely changed the way I was looking at it. Thank you for giving.  

 

Compliments For Performance Reviews, Including Peer Reviews 

52. [Name] excels at developing strategies that have delivered strong results for us. 

53. [Name’s] efforts this quarter have helped us exceed our original goal of … 

54. One of [Name’s] strengths is facilitating group discussions. 

55. I’m so grateful to [Name] for encouraging collaboration amongst our team members. 

56.  [Name] is always willing to cooperate and work alongside other members of our team. 

57. I can always count on [Name] to…[insert a specific skill or task here] 

58. [Name’s] work ethic is unparalleled. 

59. I know that the door is always open for communication with [Name], which makes every project we work on together so much easier to complete.  

60. I would ask to work with [name] on every project if I could!  

61. I consider [Name] to be both a professional peer and mentor. I can always rely on their feedback and thoughts.  

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