Examples of Incentives
What incentives can help encourage sharing knowledge? From KM4Dev
* Incorporate sharing in personnel competencies * Organise lunch presentations * Create an inventory on what people want to be asked about * "Send" people to conferences and ask for reports on the meetings * Reward people for ideas that are picked up by others
In general these aspect can be part of a personal development plan or personal commitment statement. Stimulate people to write down what they want to achieve in a coming period; for example 'publish and update their curriculum vitae on intranet' or 'visit two partner organisations' or 'mentor new personnel' or 'do a lunch presentation'. Most formal incentives can be organised by a HRM department.
* Recognition / awards * Allow people to publish stories (success and failure) * Organise exhibition fairs / showcasing * Invite people to talk about their work / write about their work in internal media * Stimulate people to take part in communities of practice * Organise happy hours * Invite all personnel to contribute to a new year plan for the organisation
* Allow self-organisation outside the hierarchy; allocate time for this * Make sure management supports the idea of sharing knowledge * Time spent on sharing must be recognised as legitimate by management / peers * Stress the potential return of investment * Centralise the canteen / coffee machines / water coolers / library * Organise flexible workplace; get people out of their 'cubicles' or relocate people now and then * Make management think about the concepts for a 'knowledge friendly organisation'
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