How to Reward your Top Learners

April 25, 2018 How-to's

It’s difficult to get your employees excited about learning when they have so many other things on their minds. Between all their daily tasks, assignments, responsibilities… and on top of it all, they are expected to keep their knowledge current?

That’s a tough sell.

Learning for your role to many is like working out for your health. It’s in your best interest, and it will definitely pay off later, but in many instances, it’s much easier just to think:

“I’ll get to it at some point.”

It’s all too common a mindset. While your employees crave the skills and knowledge to get to the top of their role, this intrinsic motivation is only so powerful. That’s why so many Knowingo+ Pioneers have introduced “a little bit extra” to help keep their employees motivated to learn.

Here you can read about how these Pioneers have been using Rewards to keep their employees excited about learning!

A Culture of Learning

Getting your employees excited by learning takes two steps: The first step is getting all your employees on board with the learning they’re about to undertake. While offering prizes and rewards are highly effective means of motivation, we’ve discovered that the Knowingo Pioneers who are able to inspire a Culture of Learning at work are way more successful than those who cannot.

What we mean by a “Culture of Learning” is an organization that incorporates learning and professional development in their own corporate culture. A corporate culture where when a new Topic is added to the team’s Learning Plan becomes a conversation during lunch. Where employees make small talk over the fact they were recently paired for a Challenge. Or, people’s progress towards Certification is water-cooler talk.

The common theme here: is motivating employees together. Here’s a few Motivation Campaign ideas you can institute at your office.

Plan your Topics Releases

It’s tempting to publish Knowingo+ content as soon as it’s finished, but it’s worth it to take the time to plan your Topic releases with other office happenings. Planning out when content is going to be published will give you the freedom to “hype” the new Topic and get your employees excited about it!

Do something out-of-the-ordinary so your employees understand the importance of the Topic they’re about to learn. Releasing a Topic with information about your vendors? Take the Sales team out on a field trip to one of them! Invite a masseuse to the office before publishing the Office Health & Safety Topic.

For onboarding, use a fun get-to-know-you activity (like a dinner, or escape room) to introduce Knowingo+.

The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a campaign for a culture of learning is to remember why your employees want to learn in the first place. Demonstrate that employees who invest time in their professional development are the ones who succeed in their careers. Make it apparent to employees that those who want to put the time into learning will be supported by the company.

Host a Giveaway

Some Pioneers have also taken a more straightforward approach to motivation with a Giveaway competition. Players who reach certain milestones in Knowingo+ get whatever prize you think will best motivate your employees to learn!

You could award Monthly Cup winners, the players who earned their Certificates the fastest, players who are able to keep their certificates from expiring the longest… or any other milestone your organization deems valuable!

Here are a few ideas for rewards you can use at your giveaway:

  • Gift cards
  • Something personalized (we like to giveaway personalized coffee mugs)
  • Swap offices with the boss
  • The best parking spot
  • Adult education, like a cooking or language class
  • The Monthly Morphing Cup: winner gets to stick something to a trophy before handing it off to the next winner

 

If all else fails, you could always consider a cash bonus, but we find that most of the time the best learning rewards are (almost) free.

Ready to start motivating?

With the ideas and tools mentioned in this article, you have a very good start at getting your employees excited to start learning. Although supporting your staff’s learning with goodies, activities, and competitions are going to get your employees motivated, keep in mind that creating sustainable motivation is only possible with a learning solution designed to keep your learners motivated. (linked to our website)

Does your learning solution keep your employees motivated to learn? (linked to  6 signs your org needs better training) There are plenty of signs to find out. Feel free to reach out to one of our learning experts!

The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a campaign for a culture of learning is to remember why your employees want to learn in the first place. Demonstrate that employees who invest time in their professional development are the ones who succeed in their careers. Make it apparent to employees that those who want to put the time into learning will be supported by the company.