funny aside - I worked at a place which did company contests all the time. I felt they were silly - I worked hard because I liked my job and had integrity, and didn’t feel any additional inspiration from getting gift cards or what not and actually felt like we were being treated like children. So I did my job, did it well, and just never put my name in the jar for the contests.
Other people won, I congratulated them, and time moved on. At the end of the year when it was time for reviews, I was top notch aside from one category (iirc, it was leadership and teamwork), where I was middling. I wondered why, as I regularly assisted my team, led discussions and projects, etc… It was my lack of participation in contests. I was pissed as this directly impacted my pay, but I chalked it up to a learning experience.
I wound up with a different manager the next year, and he also felt the whole contest thing was out of hand. However, HIS manager always asked about who participated, and that’s apparently where I took the hit. So we made a deal; I’d do ONE item in any given contest just so he wouldn’t have to lie, and then I could ignore it the rest of the way.
Corporate America is stupid.