I think it’s important to tell people when you think they’ve done a good job. It can make a really big difference to them. Or maybe it won’t matter at all. But, if there’s a possibility that you are likely to make them feel even the slightest bit better about the work they’ve done by telling them you thought it was good work – you definitely should.
And maybe not just a “good work”, but with something more nuanced. Tell them what you liked about their work in particular, and what stood out.
Maybe we need to start doing this more. Not just with work, but in general. Appreciate people and say positive things about them.
I say this fully knowing that I share an insult-based friendship with several friends of mine, including the latest subscriber to this blog.