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What should be your response when your boss thanks you for using his own resource allotted to you and you respect your boss and cannot respond him like It's ok or you're welcome.

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Under no circumstances say, "Yep." That drives me crazy when people use that as a response to a sincere thank you. –  Scott Mitchell Jan 6 '11 at 17:49
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Some appropriate responses would be:

  • "My pleasure."
  • "Don't mention it."
  • "You're [most] welcome."
  • "I'm glad I could help/be of help."
  • "Oh [no], thank you! Always at your service."
  • "It was not a problem at all. [I'm] glad I could be of assistance."

And, of course, you could use "sir" or "ma'am" to make your response even more polite.

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I would strike "Don't mention it" from the list. It can sound like you are refusing to accept your boss's thanks. –  Eric Jan 6 '11 at 15:38
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Glad to be of your service, my [ dear ] [ master | overlord | boss | commander | captain | ...] –  Jaime Soto Jan 6 '11 at 15:56
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@Eric: "Don't mention it" is very commonly in use here, along with "No problem", both having the same intent, that it needed no thanks. –  Orbling Jan 6 '11 at 18:01
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@Eric: I think you are reading this too literally... "Don't mention it" is quite standard, as @Orbling pointed out, (especially in the UK and UK-friendly climes) and it is considered one of the most polite responses to a "Thank you". It's equivalent to the American "You're welcome", in this regard. –  Jimi Oke Jan 6 '11 at 23:19
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@Orbling: Haha, "So when's the raise coming?"/"You owe me one!"/"Let's have dinner on you." Certainly depends on relationship with the said boss. I don't use "don't mention it" or "you're welcome" too often, even with my superiors. Usually, "Oh no!" spills out; maybe followed by "not a problem" or "it was fun", depending on the context. –  Jimi Oke Jan 6 '11 at 23:25
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You can't go wrong with, "You're welcome." It's short, it's to the point, and it's sufficiently formal. If you need to dress it up a bit further you can add "glad to help" at the end.

I would worry that too long or too flowery of a response might be interpreted as being condescending or mocking, especially if you're responding in written correspondence where the intonation of the response is hard to judge.

Let me put it this way, if I thanked a subordinate and she responded with something verbose like, "I am always most happy to serve you," or, "It is always my pleasure to come to your aid," I would think that bordered between weird and condescending.

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Can I say "Always welcome!"? –  misho Jan 10 '11 at 16:34
    
@misho: To me, "Always welcome" sounds a bit off. It's not something I'd expect a native speaker to say. –  Scott Mitchell Jan 10 '11 at 16:52
    
Or better yet, "Anytime." –  Jimi Oke Sep 20 '13 at 1:30
    
Only Americans say "you're welcome". Here in Britain it is considered to be very bad form. –  fdb Feb 25 at 0:21
    
@fdb, what is considered a polite response if someone thanks you for your effort? Do you say nothing or is there some other phrase that is considered a tactful response? –  Scott Mitchell Feb 25 at 4:11
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I go with "It's my job" or I don't even answer. I get paid to do what I do. Too many thank you's are meaningless to me. Show me thanks in form of a raise or bonus. Then I'll say thank you.

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A very good answer. –  fdb Feb 25 at 0:22
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