The tutoring branch I currently work for is having a ‘enthusiasm contest’. One of the priorities they have about employees there is enthusiasm, enthusiasm, enthusiasm. So, every now and then, they will have a ‘contest’ to see who the most enthusiastic employee that month.
The reward is a $50 bonus- a pittance perhaps (though its two days wages at this job), but for poor college students like me any little bit matters (especially since my other jobs don’t start up again until Fall). Lately I have been extremely frustrated by the parameters of this contest, for a number of reasons. The way they find out who is the most enthusiastic employee is by having a ‘vote’ amongst the managers regarding who they considered the most enthusiastic person that day. So the person with the most ‘enthusiastic person of the day’ votes wins. He’s what bugs me about it-
-It is biased towards employees who get scheduled to work the most days. There’s no way to get voted on a day you don’t work, so if you are only scheduled to work 1/3 of the days as somebody else, chances are they will have an enormous advantage over you in getting votes. Even if you get voted every day you were there, you could still lose simply because someone else worked more than you that month. This month is a perfect example- the week before the contest started, I was working every day the center was open, and worked much of the time the center was open each day. The week the contest started, I wasn’t scheduled to work AT ALL :mad: I BEGGED them to schedule me to work, but they wouldn’t do it. And nobody asked me to cover for them. So I’m a week behind.
-It causes many employees to act more passive-agressive around each other; people are so desperate for a lousy fifty bucks they stop complaining about things that should be voiced, thus the normally pleasant atmosphere of working there gets dropped a couple of notches.
-The coaches talk in louder voices…I guess they think loud=enthusiastic but what it does is makes the center noisy by causing kids to get loud and chatty, something we’re always trying to curb. Parents complain when it gets too noisy, which makes the whole concept counterproductive.
-People try so hard to win that their version of ‘enthusiastic’ that they act like salesmen in TV commercials for used cars. Look- if a six-year-old can tell you’re just pretending to be excited, then you’re trying too hard.