20 Phrases Employees Don’t Hear Enough


There is a multitude of reasons employees and leader become disengaged at work. Lack of recognition, challenge, performance ownership and overall appreciation are among the most popular reasons. Take some time over the next few weeks to reengage your team with these 20 Phrases Employees Don’t Hear Enough:

  1. Incredible job! How can we replicate your results with the team?
  2. What’s next for you in your career?
  3. I would love to connect with you and learn more about your current projects.
  4. Don’t get down on yourself, your effort means the World to me, you’ll get the next one.
  5. I am so proud of the way you handled that situation.
  6. You are going to have to teach me how to do that.
  7. I want to make the situation right for you.
  8. I know it’s been difficult lately; I appreciate how well you have handled the changes.
  9. I can’t wait to hear your ideas during the call this afternoon.
  10. What do you feel needs improved?
  11. Can I get your feedback on something?
  12. What are your goals this year?
  13. I don’t know what we would do without you.
  14. Would you be willing to accept a challenging responsibility I think you would excel at?
  15. Your role is so important to our company.
  16. Are you ready for an amazing day?
  17. Tell me what day we are celebrating! Great job!
  18. I can’t believe how well you just did.
  19. Yes you were definitely right!
  20. This was my mistake.

Of course, if you walk in a room and blurt any of these phrases out and leave you might make an awkward scene. Being genuine and having follow-up dialogue with these phrases will ensure you make the right impression with your employees. If ANY of these phrases are difficult or weird for you to say, you might be in need of some serious development. The phrases mentioned above are to encourage a positive environment and support your team. Gain feedback and development from others if this article is considered a challenge for you.

Develop daily,

Michael Dooley

Questions: Which phrase would have the most impact on you?


  1. says

    Fascinating! I like to think I use a few of these but there are a few that I want to make sure I use when working with my teams. Especially those comments that seek to put individuals on an equilibrium, talking about future goals and whatnot. Brilliant.