People dream, people wish for, people enjoy holidays. Especially dream destinations, such as Maldives, Seychelles, etc. Most blue and white collar employees could hardly afford such vacations. How to stimute them to learn, aquire new skills and improve? By holding a contest in their respective spheres of work!
It should be an open challenge, fair and transparent for employees on the same level of occupation, job, role. While other ideas might mention vacations as rewards, it feels kind of a blurry promise. In my opinion, companies have to put the accent and promote the holiday reward very strongly, in order to truly "unleash a passion for learning new skills and methods".
A knowledge - skillset competition for employees is hosted once per year. Winners go to Maldives (or any other tropical paraside) as a reward for their efforts and contribution! My proposal may be scaled to fit any work group and company employment level. The core concept is to offer a dream holiday reward for employees who learn, improve and prove, but can't afford such destination otherwise. Even managers who could afford the trip might be tempted to try, as "free beer" is always tastier. :)
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The competition itself has the potential to be engaging for participants. It should include both theoretical and practical challenges, depending on the job description and company's vision for the future. For example, HR workers might be tasked with creating and evaluation profiles of random people under time constrains, as well as preparing Excel pages of sorted data. In addition, HR employees are given new, unfamiliar documents to inspect and after a period of time, to bullet-point their important aspects. Whoever does the best job and fulfils company's desired threshold goes on a dream vacation! Scalabiliy for smaller companies, lower budgets might work as cheaper destinations, that are still deemed desirable. Scalability for bigger companies and higher budgets might mean sending top 3 workers instead of only the best.