Project Management

How to Define Success Bonuses for Project Managers & Team Members

In this article appearing in, the author describes four criteria we should keep in mind while defining simple project successes. Later on, we also find out the things to consider when developing a bonus plan.

Criteria to Define Success Bonuses

  1. Budget Management: This sort of incentive plan focuses on sharing the project savings, on account of improved performance, between the project manager and his or her team as a bonus.
  2. Quality Considerations: A popular bonus in the manufacturing industry, this plan measures quality by identifying defects on a regular basis. More recently, this bonus has been adopted by the service industry as well.
  3. Customer Satisfaction: Many companies have included the customer satisfaction bonus plan as part of their rewards. Here, the level of customer satisfaction, as revealed by customer feedback and final reports, are considered for the granting of bonuses.
  4. Resource Management/Allocation: The project manager and the team’s ability to efficiently allocate resources can ultimately bring about project success. To this end, project managers must carefully identify the right person for the job. Further, the project manager’s ability to carry this out successfully must be measured to determine his/her overall success (at the end of the project).

Considerations When Developing a Bonus Plan

  1. Bonus payouts should only be made once the success threshold has been achieved
  2. The rating process must be readily available to the managers and the team
  3. Team members should only be assessed on factors which are under their control

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Sapna Hiremath

Sapna S Hiremath is currently working as a Content Specialist Lead for CAI Info India. With experiences of having worked for newspapers after pursuing a Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism, she has worked in the thriving fields of Search Engine Marketing, online shopping and healthcare. Being an avid traveler, she likes being in the serene landscapes of nature, but also likes being around friends.

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