Why competition incentives are ruining your employee engagement.
Not only that, but the external prod of winning a contest makes a task seem less enjoyable in its own right. People wonder why there’s a prerequisite and automatically assume that what you’re bribing them to sign up for must be less fun than the prize. “Because otherwise why am I being bribed to do it? They’re offering me a reward to do this, so it must be dull.”
What was your latest tactic to get people to sign up for something? Chances are it might have been a competition. When we go to introduce a new concept, something boring but necessary or when a subject’s generally difficult to explain, we slap a competition on the front to arouse employee interest.
Like offering sweeties to children, the prospect of a prize makes our proverbial ears prick up .“Ooh a piece of candy!” Because why else will your staff ever bother to log on and look at their pension, or budget calculator, or whatever HR thingamy nonsense it is …Read the full article