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In Italian we can say "Buon lavoro" to someone who is working and it basically means that we wish him/her the best while working (It can be literally translated with "Good work" but it sounds just wrong). It's like when you say "Good morning" to someone and it can be roughly translated with: "Have a good day at work".

Note: I'm aware of the fact that in English you can say "Good job" but that's usually said after a job is done.

Is there such an idiom in English?

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No there's nothing in English. When we want to say something I would agree the most common and natural is "Have a good day at work". Japanese does have a set way to say this though. –  hippietrail Dec 1 '13 at 12:28
    
"Have a good day at work" expresses the concept well enough. I've always used the Italian idiom to encourage someone, especially if they've been having some kind of problem i.e. "I wish you success in your endeavour/task/job/work" –  Mari-Lou A Dec 1 '13 at 12:55
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There is no direct equivalent, just as there is no direct equivalent of bon appétit. In the UK, someone observing someone else working hard might say something like ‘Don’t work too hard, mate’ or even ‘Come on, mate, no slacking’.

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you should use subjunctive form "I wish you could do the best"

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No. First off, that's not a subjunctive; and secondly, it is not idiomatic English. No one would say that. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 1 '13 at 15:38
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And if you did say that to somebody, you might get a smack in the face, because I wish you could is a counter-factual, and clearly implies but you can't, so it seems to be saying that you're not very good at what you're doing. –  Colin Fine Dec 1 '13 at 19:57
    
I think what you meant to say here is "I wish you the best." –  Soylent Green Jan 7 at 19:26
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