Push-Button Employee Recognition Program
December 23, 2020

Push-Button Employee Recognition Program

Jared Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Bonusly

We leverage Bonusly as an employee-to-employee recognition platform. Anyone in the organization has a monthly pool of points which translates to real money/gifts. The product helps re-enforce our values as employees are encouraged to 'bonus' each other for perceived events. And everything is handled inside the app with VERY little administrative/HR overhead needed.
  • Prize selection, a wide variety of gift card, charity, and even PayPal cash payout options.
  • Prize reclamation/flow of money in, and points out. Most other systems are not nearly as hands-free as this. People are able to claim everything with zero approval/foot-work from your HR/Admin team. No prize book to maintain, no trips to the gas station to buy gift cards. It's just smooth.
  • Freedom to post however/whatever you like in the open-ended timeline/social media-esk posting feature.
  • Moderation. The freedom to post anything for recognition can get out of hand depending on your tolerance/company culture. There are very little to no tools around better this.
  • Bonusly has not done much in the way of adding features. Hard to call it a con but other similar platforms have extended into allowing more directed involvement from the organization. In other words: Bonusly is a little TOO hands-off in some ways.
  • Employees are encouraged to "live the values" as other members see and recognize their achievements monetarily.
  • This spreads a load of recognition from just leadership/managers across the entire organization, potentially eliminating/reducing a recurring existing task your company is currently doing.
  • Features/freedom of posting in a 'social media' style environment encourages light-hearted comradery between employees.
The "big name" to me has always been CrewHu. Not sure why they aren't in the listing at the time of this writing but they are far and away the big name from my perspective. This is the main other tool we've seriously considered and I think it highlights the opposite points I've made in the rest of this review. It is much larger in scope involving allowing your clients to participate, among many other smaller tools/features that Bonusly does not have. Conversely, it's a beast; the tool needs regular attention and engagement to leverage fully and make the investment cost worthwhile.

Bonusly shines through as the simple and straightforward option on the market. There may come a time where we want more and change tools entierly to better fit new business needs. But I can see Bonusly benefiting just about any team, where other tools really require certain scenerios.

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Hands down this tool nails what it sets out to do. If what you need is a no-fuss method of allowing employees to build each other up that is a completely self-reliant system that only requires your predictable capital investment: there is no better. There are more feature-rich tools so there are plenty of cases where it may make sense to opt for a more robust system. I think small and large teams benefit the most from a platform like this. Small teams where every minute of admin time is precious. Or big teams where complexity can become an issue, or said large teams that are looking for a supplemental system to their current bonus/employee recognition programs.