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“You’re The Best”
Posted 03.04.15
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Jonathan A. Segal
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This blog was originally posted for SHRM Blog. To view the original posting, please click here.

We all know the importance of recognition and appreciation. In this context, some people say “you’re the best.”

Words matter and these words are troublesome for a few reasons. First and foremost: how is the recipient to respond?

If you say nothing, either you have ignored what was intended as a compliment, or your silence may be seen as “why are you telling me that which is axiomatic?”

If you say “thank you,” are you not effectively saying that you think you are the best? A little hubris? And, by a little, I mean a lot.

To read further, please click to full article here.

This blog should not be construed as legal advice, as pertaining to specific factual situations or as establishing an attorney-client relationship.

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About Jonathan A. Segal
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Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, and other leaders at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, leadership labor, benefits and immigration topics. Jonathan has served intermittently as a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years, providing training on employment issues to federal judges around the country. Jonathan also has provided training on harassment on behalf of the EEOC as well as providing training on diversity to members of the United States intelligence agencies. Jonathan is also frequently a featured speaker at national, state and local human resource, business and legal conferences, including conferences sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business and Industry. Jonathan’s practice focuses on maximizing compliance and minimizing legal risk. Jonathan’s particular areas of emphasis include: equal employment opportunity in general and gender equality in particular: social media; wage and hour; performance management; talent acquisition; harassment prevention and correction; and non-competes and other ways to protect your business. You can find him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law .