Managers, are you using these Bonusly features?

Written by
Emily Ciavolino
Emily Ciavolino

As a manager, how can you make the most of Bonusly? Here are just a few of the ways Bonusly can make your job easier:

  • Improve employee happiness and engagement
  • Effortlessly promote behaviors and values 
  • Boost collaboration inside your team and with other departments on Bonusly
  • Distribute responsibility of recognizing employees
  • Gain insight and visibility on each employee and your entire team  

Getting all of those benefits of Bonusly is nearly effortless for you as a manager. One of the best parts of Bonusly is that employees recognize each other, and all the responsibility isn't on you as a manager. That said, there are a few parts of Bonusly that are especially helpful for managers:


Use Bonusly Analytics to get a snapshot of who's receiving recognition on your team and what company values they are being recognized for.



Pro tip: Use the Bonusly Leaderboard to see if anyone on your team isn't being recognized or not feeling included. If there's someone not getting recognized, look into the situation to see why that might be and how you can support them. For example, it could be that their work is less visible than others' or that they don't have many opportunities to collaborate. 

You can also use Bonusly's Organization Graph to see how the people on your team are connected and how your team or department is connected to other groups in your organization. Use these insights to facilitate collaboration, promote inclusion, and identify de facto leaders as well as turnover-risk individuals.



As a manager, you know the efficacy of incentivizing desirable behavior. With Bonusly Awards, you can easily offer playful and programmatic incentives to your employees. Awards can help build trust between managers and direct reports by creating transparency around desirable behaviors and in turn creating employee buy-in.

A few of our favorite ways to use awards are sales team incentives (spiffs), team awards, and training completions. If you want to get crafty with it, rewards like lunch with the CEO, social media shares, and fun company culture contests are all fair game.


Don’t forget about Automated Awards, which help you seamlessly celebrate large employee milestones like start dates, birthdays, and anniversaries. Your employees will appreciate being rewarded and you will appreciate never missing a birthday or anniversary again. That’s what we like to call a win-win.

Pro tip: Awards are unique to your company culture. That’s why we made it so easy to customize award names, messages, and amounts.

Manager Digest

Bonusly's weekly Manager Digest gives you a quick and personal overview of your team's engagement. This email, which gets sent directly to your inbox every week, provides a weekly snapshot of bonus activity, your team's top hashtags, and upcoming birthdays and work anniversaries. With quicker access to your team's people analytics, you can gain valuable insights to boost collaboration, recognize employee efforts, and stay connected! 

Bonusly's Manager Digest shows your team's week in Bonusly


It can be hard to know what your employees are working on, especially if you have several reports or an autonomous work culture. You can access employee profiles find out what your employees are working on.


Pro tip: To reduce recency bias in performance reviews, check out your employees' Bonusly Profile and activity for the full period you're reviewing.


Recognize and reward anything you want to see more of on your team. You can also use Bonusly to announce accomplishments and promotions. Recognizing employees is the most important part of Bonusly! 


Navigating the nuances of management has never been a piece of cake, but any way you slice it, Bonusly can make it easier. With these resources at your fingertips, you can use data to support your management decisions instead of relying on gut feelings alone. Now, go forth and recognize, reward, and understand your employees. 

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Originally published on May 2, 2018 → Last updated March 31, 2022

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Emily Ciavolino

Emily is a former Director of Sales at Bonusly, where her focus was making Bonusly a great place to work and empowering companies of all types and sizes to build engaging workplaces.


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