An email to congratulate a colleague

Learn how to write an email to congratulate a colleague.

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Reading text

To: Jon
From: Sue
Subject: Great presentation!

Hi Jon

I'm just writing to say well done on your presentation this morning. It was not an easy task and I'm glad it went well.

You were well prepared. The content was relevant and easy to follow. You also thought about the questions people would have. I think they were impressed! I'm sure everyone feels happier about the new system now.

If you have time, please could you listen to my presentation for next week?

See you later


  1. Write a clear subject line.
  2. It's OK to start with Hi for an informal or friendly email.
  3. Start with your reason for writing:
    I'm just writing to say …
  4. Give specific feedback about things that went well:
    The content was relevant and interesting …
    It was easy to follow …
    … you thought about the questions people would have.
  5. Say what effect their work has had:
    I think they were impressed!
    I'm sure everyone feels happier about the new system now.
  6. You can finish with See you later or Speak soon.
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Submitted by ANOUAR on Mon, 15/11/2021 - 10:21


Yes of course I congratulate my friends on whatever achievement they did.

Submitted by linhchinbk on Sun, 07/11/2021 - 14:09


Certainly, I just congratulated my colleague yesterday. She gave the presentation about new marketing plan. This information was really exciting and easy to follow so we were impressed. I hope her plan will be successful.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Fri, 29/10/2021 - 12:23


Yes, I congratulate my friends about their new achivement. I do always this. If my friend get a job then I congratulate them. If any one them get married I congratulate them with a better future. If any one have birthday then I congratulate them and do party. If any get new things and interesting then I congratulate them. If any one find a girlfriend then I congratulate them about a prosperous future.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 28/10/2021 - 11:48


i often congratulate my colleagues when they have a new achievement in your job, I do it to keep them motivated and go further in your job.

Submitted by DW on Thu, 24/06/2021 - 09:37

Yes, I congratulate my colleagues for promotion, having a good presentation, bidding a project successfully, etc. I think encouraging teammates is a very important; it enhances the team spirit and helps team members to move forward. Meanwhile, my teammates have been encouraging me, which is the driving force behind my growth.

Submitted by DarwinM on Fri, 30/04/2021 - 21:03

Yes, I do. I usually congratulate them on their success in college or in life. But I never sent an email to do it because I prefer to call them or send them a message on WhatsApp.

Submitted by mirtha on Fri, 30/04/2021 - 16:45

Yes, I do. I congratulate my colleagues when they do something good like a presentation, a project or competition.

Submitted by Ehsan on Sun, 11/04/2021 - 08:29

yes, I congratulate my colleague at university, office, or gym. I do that for their success in the relevant field.

Submitted by victor.07 on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 22:45

Yes, I congratulate my colleagues, but I don't do it often.

Submitted by Brenda Patrici… on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 22:35

Yes, I congratulate them when they give a new and interesting idea.

Submitted by Dibesciak on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 22:02

I am congratulate my colleagues when they win competition or get promoted at the job.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 21:41

Yes, I congratulate my colleagues when they do a good job.

Submitted by Bandar 777 on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 15:05

never congratulated person pay emil just Watsapp

Submitted by Giuliana on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 23:17

Yes, obviously. Always I congratulate to my colleagues because i like to see how they improve in their task or skills

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 20:43

I always congratulate my co-workers, especially when I was a boss. I believe that compliments improve the work enviroment and make everyone on the team happier :)

Submitted by Moinqureshi on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 08:21

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Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Sun, 21/03/2021 - 03:23

Subject: Good content! Hi, British Council I just writing to say that your resource very nice. It helps me to improve my English level is well. Thanks a lot. Best regards, Mikhail.

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We are glad to hear that :) Thanks for your kind comment.


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Submitted by Brenda Patrici… on Tue, 09/03/2021 - 15:38

Yes, I do. I congratulate my colleagues, when they do a rather good report or give some really creative ideas for the work team.

Submitted by Nicoli A. Gomes on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 20:06

I always congratulate my colleague, she's so intelligent and goes very well on colleges testes.

Submitted by Leila77 on Sun, 31/01/2021 - 10:36

I always congratulate my colleagues for their performances and their achievements in work.

Submitted by In on Mon, 25/01/2021 - 07:03

yes, I love to tell to everyone when they do a good work.

Submitted by tonguyen on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 14:10

I could congratulate my boyfriend if he agree to get the Teamleader position, which his direct boss has offered him last week. By the new position he will be challenged much but i think he deserves it and he can do it well. I wish he may be more confident to accept this challenge.

Submitted by Roo on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 07:25

I think it's very important to congratulate anyone who has done something appreciable. Whenever I get anything to appreciate someone I try, not to miss that chance. Because we don't know which appreciation did a miracle in anyone's life.

Submitted by German on Thu, 14/01/2021 - 23:15

I have congratulate to my colleagues because their performance about a topic or a good result at the work or study.

Submitted by Nurieta on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 11:27

I think is very important congratulate your colleagues. I always try do it. It´s important to the team, important to the person and important to get all the objectives.

Submitted by Leonardo de Souza on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 14:05

Yes, I do. My friend is such hardworking she studied hard and now she was approved on PhD program at a University Federal of Rio de Janeiro. I so proud her.

Submitted by Leonardo de Souza on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 14:00

Yes, I do. My friends are so kind and they help me many times, and when I worry about any thing they give me the best advices due to this I congratulate them a lots.

Submitted by Khin Khin Htet on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 08:50

I congratulate my colleague , she can go oversea due to her good ability and good skills ! She can work every project well. Her manager choice her to sent oversea. I'm proud of you !

Submitted by Babydoll on Sat, 24/10/2020 - 19:15

I congratulated my colleague recently became a Manager in our department. He is very friendly and helpful towards others. I am very pleased for him. I think he deserve for this position.

Submitted by Nway on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 14:32

I congratulate my colleagues for the presentation. Their presentation was amazing and fantastic . They presented with power point. I got many knowledges due to their presentation. Thank for sharing knowledges . Best Regards, Nway

Submitted by joselo on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 02:29

I think is very important to congratulate a colleague every time they achieve a goal because that way you can build trust and a good mood in your team. Besides, everybody wants to receive some recognition after finishing a hard-working task.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 11:30

Yeah, I congratulate to a colleague cause of getting job as a civil servant at environmental conservation department.

Submitted by anguiluciana on Fri, 25/09/2020 - 22:53

Yes, I usually do that when they achive company's goals and personal's goals or when they do such a nice and good work, etc. I like to do that because people can feel good and try their best the next time too.

Submitted by ishay101 on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 17:02

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Submitted by OlaFlower on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 15:36

I try to congratulate my colleagues as often as impossible. In my opinion it is important to appreciate others work and effort. Then your workmates are in better mood, become more confident and do their work better. Due to I work at school I pay other teachers compliments on an interesting lesson, on their students' good results, on entering and winning students' competitions.

Submitted by Andrea Hernandez on Mon, 17/08/2020 - 12:20

I think when we work in a team is very important to congratulate our colleagues when they work well because in this way every person can feel appreciated and work hard to be better every day more and more.

Submitted by Maria19 on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 20:43

When I was a student, we usually checked and helped each other with the various student jobs we received. Then I could write feedback to my classmates.

Submitted by shironeiko on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 06:25

I'm a student so instead of congratulate collegues, I'm really proud of my friends when they done the good work.

Submitted by walotaibi on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 09:16

Yes, I did. I congratulated my friend for their graduating from nursing college. And also I congratulated her for her wedding. I wish her the best life.

Submitted by Venus on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 12:11

To: Susan From: Bee Subject: A great presentation I am writing to congratulate on your fabulous presentation today. It was a great presentation worth attending. We now know a lot more regarding Rheumatoid arthritis including the latest guidelines. In addition to this, you were well-prepared for the questions which was impressive. Could you help me with my presentation next week if you have time. Best regards, Bee

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Mon, 03/08/2020 - 10:15

Last week, I wrote an email to congratulate my colleague due to her promotion. She just became our team leader. She keens on her job, has a lot of experience, highly responsible and strick management skills. I'm really happy with my new manager.

Submitted by Mai Khin Nway Shein on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 11:02

I am congratulate my friend who lives near my room. She got a scholarship for KOICA. I am very impressed and proud for her. If we have some free time, I would ask some ideas for my turn and I want to know about her experience.

Submitted by Miss Elogne on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 23:54

It is very important to congratulate a colleague who has done well and learn from him or her

Submitted by Allate on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 22:44

I do congratulate my colleagues on many occasions. When I have the opportunity to observe my colleague in his class, I congratulate him or her on the quality of the lesson. If my colleague did well, I do not hesitate to congratulate him, because for sure I learn something from every lesson I observe and we share ideas.

Submitted by Papis on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 19:00

Of Course I do congratulate colleagues for their work they have done. It's important to get feedback from colleagues and to know their appreciation for improving our professionnal development.

Submitted by Birane on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 12:59

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