How often do you take the time to send a quick thank you to the people on your project team?
You can build great working relationships with a simple thank you. Here are a few free or cheap ways to show your appreciation:
Thank you cards – Keep a box of blank cards in your laptop case and hand them to people who help your project succeed.
Send a positive email to their manager – Give specific feedback to your team-member’s manager and let them how much you value their participation. This goes a long way in a functional organization!
Internal recognition programs – If your company has an internal recognition program, nominate your team-member to win.
Gift cards – Have a few low amount gift cards on hand for coffee or something fun.
A simple thank you can go a long way. You may work with the team-member again or someone else from their functional team. This will help you build a reputation as a Project Manager who is great to work with.