Project work is serious, but it shouldn't be drudgery. Remember to include team rewards, recognition, celebration, and general hoopla in your project planning. This guideline provides ideas, suggestions, and a detailed example from one team's reward-planning activities.
What this is
Guidelines for planning project teambuilding and celebration events, and setting up reward and recognition mechanisms. It includes:
Why it's useful
Project managers and teams are naturally pre-occupied with planning the project work and deliverables during the planning phase. Including team recognition and celebration planning as a formal part of the early planning process ensures that these important activities won't get neglected during the heat of the project. It also gives the project manager a chance to allocate time in the schedule and include any required funds in the approved project budget.
How to use it
During the Planning phase, plan ahead for rewards, recognition, and team-building "Hoopla" activities. Set expectations and allocate time in the schedule. Even small or part-time projects can and should use these standard tools to reward and recognize the team.
As the team works together early on, start getting to know your team members well enough to predict what kinds of rewards and recognition will be most meaningful and enjoyable.
To determine how much you can spend and what approvals are necessary, see the Project Sponsor and get money allocated in the budget.
Consider the following as elements of the project's rewards and recognition:
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