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There was a small issue at work. I solved it and notified my manager over IM. She said, 'Thanks, Vinay'. I replied her, 'Anytime' as I do with my other colleagues and friends.

A colleague of mine sees this conversation while working along with me on the issue and gets surprised and says, 'Anytime!? Even to our superior!?'

Another colleague advises me not to repeat this again and tells that weren't supposed to say that way.

I'm confused. Is it really something important from my superior's perspective? Will this give the wrong impression? If it's so, what would be a polite way to reply other than a formal 'Welcome'?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Jim G., jmort253 Mar 2 at 18:58

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I put this on hold since it's generating poor answers based on unsubstantiated opinion. It's not that this is a bad question, just that it's not a good question for our Q&A format. To get this reopened, the answers would need to be vastly improved and be backed with facts, references, and experiences that demonstrate the answer is correct. –  jmort253 Mar 2 at 19:01
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@jmort253 A good note and wise decision. It's really opinion based. Thanks for the community users and Elliott's answers. –  Vinay Challuru Mar 6 at 17:35

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My suggestion is to say, "My pleasure," in lieu of, "Anytime," because this infers that you actually enjoy the task at hand. Politeness is a valuable skill in the workplace, just as it is in everyday life. In the study of politeness theory, value is placed on not being imposing. By saying a task or chore is a pleasure literally means that it is enjoyable, which is quite the opposite of something being imposing.

Jane Mairs, Editor at Merriam-Webster summarizes,

"My pleasure" is an idiomatic response to “Thank you.” It is similar to "You’re welcome," but more polite and more emphatic.

For more opinions on the matter of politeness when it comes to responding to a, "Thank you," head over to english.stackexchange.com and read over this question.

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Hello Elliott, welcome to The Workplace. On our site, we're looking for expert answers with some depth that explain why and how. Our goal is to build a library of knowledge for navigating the professional workplace. Please consider an edit to expand. See How to Answer for details. –  jmort253 Mar 2 at 18:54
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@jmort253 Thanks for the note. I accepted your challenge and improved my answer. Hopefully this will be beneficial to the asker and the community. –  Elliott Mar 2 at 19:45
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Great answer, Elliott! See chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/14070015#14070015 –  jmort253 Mar 2 at 22:48
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I think your answer is outstanding. This has made me reconsider how I respond to people. –  ojblass Mar 2 at 23:42

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