For me, and I’m sure for most of us at Zure, one of the biggest motivators is self-development as a professional. In addition to feedback and working habits, the self-improvement is supported by Zures policy to pay for coding projects outside of work. Training and various in-house guilds are also advocated by our company. In the case of gnomes, self-improvement rises to new heights, since the life expectancy of a gnome is hundreds of years (Poortvliet and Huygen, Gnomes, p. 39). There’s no pension for unpaid work, so the work will continue until it’s time to kick the bucket. Keeping your head together while working for hundreds of years demands motivation. Is Santa sponsoring seminar days? Are the gnomes introduced to new spying technologies, and do they get the proper training for it? If Santa would approve drone usage and face recognition while spying on the children, the increase in efficiency would spare some workforce to the Santa’s workshop.
In this way, the true meaning of Christmas, i.e. the gifts, could be put back in the center of attention, and I would finally get something other than socks.