How can managers use Bonusly?

Learn how Bonusly can provide beneficial and insightful information about your team.

Updated over a week ago

As a manager, your day is already chock full of one-on-ones, team meetings, and tasks you need to complete to achieve team goals. At the risk of adding something else to your list, you also have to consider the engagement levels of your team. Why? Managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores.😯

According to our recent poll of over 2,000 workers in the United States:

  • 63% reported that they feel unappreciated at work on a daily basis.

  • 46% have left a job because they felt unappreciated.

  • 65% admitted that they would work harder if they felt like their contributions would be noticed by management.

  • 65% said they would stay at a job with an unappreciative manager if their coworkers and peers recognized their work.

In addition to making your team feel appreciated, effective employee recognition boosts employee engagement, motivation, productivity, retention, job satisfaction, and more. It has also been shown to reduce rates of employee burnout. With resignation rates at an all time high, managers are on the front lines when it comes to influencing retention and creating a positive work environment for their employees. Effectively recognizing your team can make the difference between a burned out, unmotivated team with low morale and high turnover and a highly engaged, high performing, happy one.

Employee recognition, if done correctly, is the easiest, highest-impact thing you can implement as a manager to improve your team. We’ve got all of the resources you’ll need in this article.

Benefits of Bonusly for managers

What will it mean for you as a manager to have your team on Bonusly? Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect:

  • 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  

Manager-focused tools

Team Activity Page [New!]

Reduce recency bias by easily accessing key project and performance data for each direct report. This tool can help you develop summaries for performance conversations on any cadence, you can download the data and analyze it as you see fit for each of your direct reports.

We know managers are strapped for time and according to SHRM, most managers spend 210 hours per year preparing performance reviews for their teams. This feature will save so much time looking back at direct report accomplishments by allowing you to easily to export the data you need for the time period you’re interested in and analyze it as you see fit.

Prep for quarterly company reviews: another unique way to use this data is to prep for quarterly company reviews or QBRs by identifying key projects and wins in the review period.

Manager Giving Tracker

Bonusly’s new Manager Giving Tracker serves as an appreciation barometer to nudge managers to appreciate each of their direct reports throughout the month. The new widget gives managers an at-a-glance view of which direct reports have been recognized for the month and indicates which team members might need an appreciation refuel. Once managers have recognized each of their direct reports for the month, they’ll be celebrated too.

Learn more about the Manager Giving Tracker in our blog!

Manager Digest

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

Simply put: the benefit of this email is aggregating all key data for your team without you having to go look for it. We really like to see managers highlighting some of these key wins in team meetings to boost morale and productivity.

You can also customize notifications to get only the information you need. An intentional pause or nudge to think about how your team is connecting, who is being recognized, who might need a boost.

Make sure you are getting your manager digest email by checking your Bonusly notification settings!

Custom Feeds

To help you and your team stay up to date on recognition that matters most to you, we’ve launched Custom Feeds. Custom Feeds allow Bonusly users to save feeds to their homepage for specific locations, teams, or departments. Everyone has the freedom to decide which feeds they want to see and the flexibility to quickly change them at any time. With easily adjustable views, users can zoom in on relevant recognition without losing sight of the organization as a whole.

Learn more about Custom feeds in our blog!

Team Dashboard

The Analytics Dashboard provides an overview of your team's recent recognition activity and trends, allowing greater visibility and insights specific to each team.

The five charts on Bonusly's Analytics Dashboard pull data from detailed Bonusly Analytics reports that you can click into to learn more. The Analytics Dashboard automatically surfaces data from the last 30 days to show what's most relevant to you and your team including:

  • Who’s receiving recognition and how often

  • How they’re connected by recognition, and,

  • The types of work they’re recognizing

Check out your team dashboard in your Bonusly Analytics!


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