Everyone enjoys getting a gift certificate or a bag filled with vendor items, but is giving rewards to project management team members really a good idea? It can be argued that by tangibly recognizing accomplishments, production and time management will improve. However, before choosing to take up such a practice it might be wise to look at the pros and cons.
One potential problem is that if gifts are given too often it could become expected and lose its motivational value. However, it could be that when team members know they are appreciated they will be more likely to work harder and stay with the company. If your project management team already receives bonuses that are expected and no longer special, it might be feasible to add another incentive.
Tying the reward to a milestone could be advantageous. Perhaps offer something special when a project phase is accomplished early or on time. Or maybe take everyone out to lunch if the team comes in under budget. The reward doesn’t have to be expensive, it just needs to convey a feeling of appreciation and something that both you and your project management team can enjoy.
The practice of gift giving can be a useful tool, but be sure you are up for the challenge. Be aware of what works with your team (every team is different) and don’t be afraid to try new approaches. Use any downtime you have with care and do whatever you can to keep the project management team motivated.