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A client offered me a “private bonus” if I could get their project prioritized over other clients’ projects. What should I do?
A client offered me a “private bonus” if I could get their project prioritized over other clients’ projects. What should I do?
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should not accept &to be noticed to your management ..

Honesty, Responsibility, Respect and Fairness are the values that drive ethical conduct for the project management profession.
A client's priority shouldn't factor in, although your organization may have its own project priorities. Do you mean they are asking you to speed up the project? Then the "bonus" (I assume it's money) could instead be used to top up the budget to increase resources to get the job done faster, as an example.
Hi Amany

If you or your team are already committed for the other project's deliverable then by accepting this bonus should not affect on other's project priorities & deadlines.

You can straight forwardly have a discussion with your management about planning additional resources for this project.

Many times client's offers a good personal bonus and asks developer's/team member not to disclose with management but it's not a good ethical practice and their may be chances that they can use this against you if their expectation didn't match.

Like Mr. Veera Said, Honesty drives the ethical conduct in PM profession.
This "Private bonus" looks like an opportunity with a hidden threat.
Taking the "private bonus" from this client is an opportunity in the short term. You will enjoy it now.
But it's a threat to your reputation & might affect your professional relationships with the client in the long term.

That's why PMI's code of ethics insisted on rejecting any personal gifts.

1 reply by Jess De Ocampo
Jul 19, 2017 9:17 AM
Jess De Ocampo
I agree. "Private bonus" connotation to me is like receiving money or something in kind "under the table." It usually comes with strings attached to it. Not to mention, you are compromising your reputation and ethics/integrity
Red flags ....
I'm in agreement with Adnan, Veera and Andrew
“private bonus” sounds no good, it may like a bribe. As the Code of conduct I think you should shun this offer purely.
Hi Amany, the sign off on the Code of ethics and conduct must make sense. Do remember that you are a project management member and you are the last defence against bad behavior.
Company policy makes a great scapegoat.

In the long run, this may be a company that you have to maintain a relationship with. Politely let them know that you are not able to accept any bonuses and that you will do your best to make sure the project is prioritized appropriately.

I don't know what your company does, but some companies have a system that allows customers pay more (to the company, not an individual) to expedite their work. If your company allows this, it could be a win-win for all involved.
I would think that most people would interpret this as a bribe, rather than a bonus. Very different connotation to the words used. I agree with Aaron Porter, you should have the conversation with the client because you will need to maintain the relationship.

In addition, you may want to advise your PMO or whomever you report to of the situation so that your ethics aren't called into question if this ever makes it to daylight. Best of luck!
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