First Impressions of Bonusly Employee Recognition Software


September 2, 2022

Bonusly Employee Recognition software makes a solid first impression.

Integris HR introduced this software as a service (SaaS) solution to all 450 employees in June. And we’re experiencing a big jolt of engagement and collaboration with a healthy dose of fun and celebration.

It’s intuitive, easy to learn, entertaining, and integrates with everything. No wonder it immediately enriches company culture and rapidly forges new relationships.

The Bonusly roll-out was swift and informative:

  • We watched a 13-minute get-started video.
  • A few days later, everyone accepted the Bonusly invitation via email.
  • Each participant has 100 points per month to reward fellow employees for individual acts of awesomeness.
  • One hundred points equal $10.00.
  • Employees redeem Bonusly points to buy a wide range of products and services.
  • People can also give gifts.

We’ll examine five noticeable employee recognition benefits from the last few months.


#1 – Drive Employee Recognition while Reinforcing Company Values.

Aligning company values with employee recognition is energizing our culture.

Integris has four values with corresponding hashtags, easily activated in every Bonusly post:

  • #peoplefirst
  • #dotherightthing
  • #ownit
  • #getitdoneright

Employees can post rewards to individuals, locations, teams, and departments.

A recent exchange appears in the following snippet:

Tyler found Matt in the directory, gifted 20 points, wrote a warm review (visible to the entire company), and tagged it with #getitdoneright. And the gesture took less than a minute.

While Integris doesn’t have an exhaustive list of company values, everyone benefits from reinforcement. I know firsthand. Thanks to Bonusly, my sense of recall has improved dramatically.


#2 – Celebrate Employee Recognition with Rewards.

Integris recognizes and celebrates every employee with valuable rewards.

There’s no risk anyone gets stuck with a cheap pen capped with blue Smurf hair. When it’s time to redeem Bonusly points, users choose from an extensive list of leading brands in the following popular categories:

  • Apparel
  • Beauty & Spa
  • Cash & Allowance Boosts
  • Donations to charities
  • Entertainment & Electronics
  • Experiences & Travel
  • Food & Drink
  • General
  • Gifts & Services
  • Grocery
  • Home & Garden
  • Prepaid Card
  • Sports
  • Recommended for you
  • Custom Rewards

Gift cards arrive instantly in your inbox. And the small bonuses add up.

Gamification drives participation. The 100-point per user allowance expires monthly, so you lose whatever you don’t use.

Bonusly also assigns 25 points for birthdays and 10 points for work anniversaries; 10 points for every year of service.

Do you have private people in your organization? Not a problem. Bonusly allows you to deactivate notifications for this audience.


#3 – Strengthen Employee Engagement with Analytics.

Bonusly analytics help everyone keep a pulse on employee engagement.

To keep everyone on track, users have visibility into five critical engagement indicators. The following updates are from our 10-person marketing department.

Participation is tracking at 100%. The Leaderboard shows top to bottom rankings of employee recognition.

Recognition has four segments: recognition given, recognition received, total points, and unique hashtags. #Getitdoneright is number one for now.

The Organization Chart provides easy identification of team members. (This detail is more significant with a larger team.)

Top Words capture frequently cited themes.

(The Top Words exhibit for the entire company is denser.)

As a team member with a competitive personality, I can’t wait to move up the Leaderboard. And I suspect other team members feel the same way too. Game on!


#4 – Expand Employee Engagement with Integrations.

Employees are more likely to engage with applications that smoothly integrate with everything else in their digital workspace.

Since Bonusly has Single-Sign-On (SSO) functionality, employees and IT get the best of both worlds: quick, seamless log-ins with enhanced cybersecurity and compliance.

SSO requirements are standard on all cybersecurity insurance policies for a good reason. According to OneLogin, SSO is one the safest ways to authenticate users because the application reduces potential attack surfaces or entry points.

When you want to say thank you and recognize extraordinary work, Bonusly allows you to make someone’s day across several channels:

  • On the Web
  • Through the Bonusly Mobile app
  • Via a Microsoft Teams channel
  • Inside a Teams chat
  • With email


#5 – Infuse Employee Engagement with Social Media Functionality.

Social media functionality adds immediacy to employee engagement.

Our team enjoys initiating peer recognition the moment it happens with GIFs, pictures, and emojis.

The platform reminds me of Facebook or Instagram without the negativity and the bots. And there’s always an abundance of humor and creativity on display.

I don’t have any hard data yet, but I suspect Bonusly will have the net effect of redistributing energy away from social media griping and toward company celebrating.

By following the recognition feed closely, I’ve gained valuable personality insights into our executive team, vCIOs, project managers, and vCISOs.

Personally, I love humor and have developed an affinity for like-minded thinkers. This sentiment would be challenging to cultivate across a 450-person universe without Bonusly.

I also know who is already connected, which helps me to form collaborative alliances with the technical team. Cultivating associations with subject matter experts enables the marketing team to create educational content that answers client and buyer questions.

In short, Bonusly is empowering my team to succeed.


Your Employee Engagement Journey

We’re in the early stages of our employee engagement journey with Bonusly.

Stay tuned for a follow-up blog in 6-12 months as corporate adoption evolves.

I plan to take a deeper dive with perspectives from other departments. I’m an extroverted, creative type and my experience is probably different than system, network, or cloud specialists who may be introverted.

Bonusly isn’t the only game in town. Although they rank #3 in this Employee Engagement Software Review, which is fine with me, I encourage you to do some research.

If you have questions about improving retention and productivity, visit vCISO Consulting from Integris.



Jed is a Solution Advisor at Integris who has specialized in MSP solution development, sales, and marketing communications since 2003.

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