• Highlight top learners on your social media channels

  • Send a personalized video message from the CEO

  • Offer a dedicated parking spot/custom video-call background from your design team

  • Extra vacation time/flex time

  • Work from home days if you’re in-office

  • Remote-work accessories like slippers, under-desk exercise bikes, and desk-based beverage warmers

  • Months of subscription to a service

Five steps for a winning gamification program:

  1. Define the game. What specific activities qualify for the game? How will you track progress? What determines the winner(s)?

  2. Choose a meaningful prize. This can be a collective prize, like a team outing, or individual prizes like gift cards or event tickets.

  3. Find your champions. Look for people who have a natural enthusiasm for running the game, and make sure they have the resources they need.

  4. Build some buzz. Get your executives talking about the game, build a leaderboard to show ongoing progress, and encourage players to compare scores.

  5. Celebrate wins. Make sure game winners feel truly recognized and rewarded, not just slipped a gift card at their desk. Use your internal comms, social media, and more to boost recognition.

  • Opportunities for challenging and impactful work

  • Opportunities for career growth

  • Opportunities to learn and develop new skills

  • Publicly congratulate and recognize employees who learn new skills

  • Call out how skill development influences internal promotions

  • Publish lists of the most in-demand skills in general and in your organization
  • Ask about skills employees want to develop, as part of the onboarding process

  • Map out a plan for 30-, 60-, and 90-day professional-development goals

  • Show how the available online learning courses relate to possible career paths

  • Dedicate time weekly for professional development

  • Make learning and skill development part of performance reviews