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I just finished a task with my boss‘s support. And in the summary email, I said "I believe we've done a good job already.", with the final file. I also said "Please let me know if you have more suggestions" but I am now a bit worried it might offend him.

Could anyone let me know how should I deal with this?

Thank you for your answer in advance.

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  • Sounds OK to me. Why do you think it sounds 'offended'? What job does 'already' do in that sentence? Is that what is worrying you? Nov 26 '21 at 13:17
  • Cause somehow seems I am evaluating his work so :(, BUT so glad to here you think it's ok. I use already as this stage is close to the end and I am looking for the next step
    – user147245
    Nov 26 '21 at 13:19
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    I am now a bit worried it might sound offensive, not offended. The adjective "offensive" describes what you think using "Good job" might sound like. You'd use the Past Participle "offended" to describe your boss's possible reaction: I am now a bit worried he might be offended. Nov 26 '21 at 13:24
  • It seems to me you are expressing satisfaction at the good results from working together, and thanking your boss for his help. You may wish to make this last point explicit. In general, we will only offend if we evaluate someone's work negatively (praise is always welcomed), unless in a very deferential and hierarchical society maybe? Nov 26 '21 at 13:25
  • 'Sound offended' would mean that it sounds as though you are offended. I think you mean 'it might offend my boss' or 'might sound offensive'. Nov 26 '21 at 13:27
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There's nothing 'offensive' about the expression "good job". It isn't particularly informal but it isn't overly formal either. Opinions may vary, but we don't give opinion-based answers on this site.

Some people are what you might call 'hypercritical' - constantly looking for fault, quick to assume the worst about others. If you have a boss like that then I suppose it is possible he might find the language a little formal. Some people in business expect 'corporate speak' (an excessively formal, cliche-ridden, responsibility-avoiding form of language that sadly has become the norm in some businesses). In such an environment, you might have instead written "I trust that we have now satisfactorily completed the task to specification, but please advise me if there is anything further I can do"... but really, I wouldn't worry, you won't have 'offended' anyone.

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  • What could be a bit rude is telling your boss "Good job" in response to something they did, as it makes it seem like you're evaluating their performance, and that might be where the OP got the idea that "Good job" is offensive - but in OP's context, I don't see a problem either. Nov 26 '21 at 14:39
  • @MaciejStachowski Perhaps, although that would be opinion-based. My current line manager would not be offended at all if I said that, we both have different skill sets and there is a mutual respect. In my answer, I tried to describe the kind of boss that might not like it - someone who constantly tries to reinforce the heirarchy.
    – Astralbee
    Nov 26 '21 at 16:29

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