Bonusly vs. Kudos
Let’s start with a high level comparison:
Bonusly, the top-ranked employee recognition solution stands out for its personalization, fun factor, and user-friendly interface. When companies use Bonusly, employees find it easier to tear down work silos, engage in peer-to-peer recognition, and build high-performing cultures.
Kudos is a complex enterprise-oriented recognition platform.
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6 features help Bonusly outshine Kudos
Engagement with the Bonusly platform is remarkably high. On average, 82% of users actively engage with Bonusly twice each week. Continual recognition fosters heightened engagement, productivity, and retention.
Equitable purchasing power
Bonusly ensures that everyone’s buying power is roughly equivalent across your distributed company. That means the time it takes employees to save points—and the value connected to those points—is on par.
Ease of use
It’s incredibly easy to use give recognition, redeem reewards, and access actionable analytics on Bonusly. With best-in-class integrations and a highly rated mobile app, users have a smooth experience from day one.
Seamless mobile app
Wherever you are, you can always recognize great work. Whether you’re on a tablet or mobile, our top-rated mobile app makes it easy to recognize and reward.
Modern office kiosk mode
Need to cater to a hybrid environment with shared office equipment? In Bonusly’s kiosk mode, users are automatically signed out after five minutes of inactivity. There’s no risk that an employee will accidentally use the wrong Bonusly account.
Small and medium-sized solutions
Organizations of every size, from small to enterprise, need employees to thrive for business successful. At SMBs, Bonusly helps promote a positive, recognition-based culture. Our platform scales as you grow and can be appropriately tailored to SMBs’ unique needs.
Bonusly is fun to use, easy to navigate, and builds high performing cultures.
Where Kudos misses the mark
Users find it difficult to navigate Kudos:
Numerous users left negative comments about Kudos’ poor usability on review sites. They mentioned that it’s tough to navigate the posts, and that it’s not easy to do basic things like edit posts or search for products, people, or past recognition. Overall, users wanted the tool to be more user-friendly.
“On my personal feed it’s not super clear which ones I have received and which ones that I have given.” - Marius S., Manufacturing Engineer, G2 review of Kudos
Limited flexibility around points and rewards:
Beyond feeling like it’s tough to claim rewards in the first place (i.e., it’s not clear to some folks where or how to do so), Kudos users have noted that a lack of flexibility around points on Kudos leaves them feeling underwhelmed. They’re particularly focused on—and frustrated by—their inability to customize the number of points they can give individuals for certain tasks.
“A person should be able to customize the amount of kudos they want to give to a person. Right now there are predetermined amounts.” - Verified Non-Profit Organization Management reviewer, G2 review of Kudos
Lack of personalization:
Customization makes a platform feel like home. (That's why at Bonusly we have Custom Feeds!) When deep customization isn’t available, it can make the platform less familiar and tougher to navigate. That’s a consistent complaint from Kudos users: They can’t customize the tool the way they’d like.
“The main page doesn't show much activity from other coworkers. It would be great if you're able to see if your coworkers get Kudos from someone else.” - Jose P.,Generator PM Territory Manager, G2 review of Kudos
Meanwhile, here’s what customers say about Bonusly on G2:
"Honestly, I love everything about Bonusly, starting with the stellar customer service to the attention to detail of our integration and the personalized service they offer. The customer success team is a pleasure to work with, no matter the size of your team. The integration resource package was excellent"
"Bonusly allows co-workers to recognize each other and award each other for little things (like a job well done) to big things (Birthdays, promotions, work anniversaries)."
I like how we're able to see who has received recognition and how easy it is to recognize other people on the team. It's straightforward to select the amount to send to the person, why you're giving it to them and the hashtags associated to why you're recognizing them.
Bonusly is a game-changer for employee engagement. With an intuitive interface, personalized recognition, flexible rewards, real-time analytics, and seamless integration, it fosters a positive workplace culture. It's not just a tool; it's an indispensable asset in cultivating a motivated and engaged workforce
"The most helpful feature of Bonusly is the reporting analytics. I can easily see who is using it, who needs a little recognition, and it allows us to calculate our quarterly award winners for core value representation."
"I really like that it encourages us to give kudos to people within the workplace that really make an impact. Whether its simply helping me with something, or jumping in to help a whole team, we can reward those that do a lot for our company..."
"Allows everyone to show gratitude in a genuine and meaningful way. The reward boosts are really a bonus to the kind words and appreciation from colleagues."
"It's fun, it's a great way to be thankful and recognize your colleagues for the great work they do, and what I like about Bonusly is that amount of companies they work with to redeem gift cards or donating money. I would also thank Bonusly for the ease of use, it's very user friendly."
"Using Bonusly is super simple and quick to use. It clearly spells out how you want to make a shout out, and within seconds you are done!"
"I think it's fantastic that the point can be redeemed with SOOO many different options from gift cards to donations to charity there is something for everyone to gain by using their points each month and wanting to get points to redeem!"
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“It's helped bridge the divide between departments. We typically don't interact with one another, other than on a Monday morning call when we do a week in review, so it's been great to see what each department is working on and how it has positively impacted our company.”
"I used to spend up to five hours per week managing points and rewards manually. Today, I spend next to no time on the process, apart from the time I spend recognizing others. Bonusly has lifted an enormous burden from my shoulders."
“It's been a total game-changer for our company's employee recognition efforts! The platform's user-friendly interface makes it accessible to all team members, and the diverse range of rewards — from gift cards to charitable donations — caters to individual preferences, showing genuine care for employees.”
"The accounting department really likes Bonusly because we can distribute rewards quickly without the headache of ensuring we have the right amount in the correct currency. We have integrations set up so it's pretty seamless and self-sustaining."
“Anytime a co-worker helps make the client journey easier by jumping in and helping out on a call, I can reward them by @ing them, adding the amount I want to send, and then using a work-related hashtag such as #vestedinclientsuccess, #resultsdriven, #teamfirst”
4 compelling reasons Bonusly takes the lead 🏆
Elevated team performance
Why it matters: Ever wonder why some teams hit their targets and rack up major wins time after time? Chances are they’re more connected than the teams around them. That’s often what sets high-performing teams apart.
How Bonusly delivers: Bonusly understands that teams succeed when they’re supported by a culture of connection. Our exceptionally high participation rates lead to a more motivating team environment that encourages teams to achieve more.
How the competition lags behind: Other platforms don’t achieve the same level of user engagement. That’s risky because inconsistent recognition can be demoralizing and lead to poorer performance.
Why it matters: HR leaders are frequently bogged down in administrative tasks, which means there’s less time for important business initiatives. Save time by using a recognition platform where your HR team benefits from streamlined workflows.
How Bonusly delivers: Bonusly offers a best-in-class platform that includes automated processes wherever possible. It saves you hours each week. You'll immediately work in a user-friendly platform designed for maximum efficiency.
How the competition lags behind: Poorly designed platforms saddle HR leaders and their teams with the burden of manual tasks that take hours of time. If a recognition program isn’t automated and user-friendly, it’s not worth the investment.
Why it matters: Voluntary employee turnover is a common and costly challenge in many industries, preventing companies from achieving stability and growth.
How Bonusly delivers: Bonusly fosters a culture of recognition that keeps employees satisfied, reducing the likelihood they’ll go elsewhere. People are less inclined to leave a workplace where they feel valued and appreciated.
How the competition lags behind: Other platforms often miss the mark in understanding the connection between implementing a robust recognition program and lowering turnover rates.
Enhanced team collaboration
Why it matters: Seamless collaboration is a valuable asset in any organization because collaborative teams are more productive and efficient. Collaboration also leads teams to produce higher-quality work deliverables.
How Bonusly delivers: Bonusly’s focus on peer-to-peer recognition promotes a sense of belonging and inclusion, which helps break down silos. That fosters strong partnerships and allows collaboration to flourish across teams.
How the competition lags behind: Many competitors focus on top-down rewards, which restrict their platform's ability to harness the potential of peer-to-peer connection.