Giving a bonus is probably the easiest thing you'll do at work, and a great way to make a colleague's day! Let's walk through a quick example of how to give a bonus in the Bonusly app. My colleague Bear just finished a Bonusly homepage update. Her efforts have lead us to having a beautifully updated, modern website. I want to recognize the contribution she made by giving her a point bonus. 

Each bonus requires four things:

  1. An amount

  2. A recipient (or two!)

  3. A reason

  4. A hashtag

Let’s walk through these four components together!

1. The Amount

I'll begin by clicking the '+' box and selecting or typing in the amount I would like to give:

2. The Recipient

Next, I'll click the person box and select Bear from the dropdown, or just start typing her name into the give field after the '@' symbol:

3. The Reason

Then, I’ll add the reason I'm giving Bear this bonus:

4. The Hashtag

To add a hashtag, I click the '#' button and a list of company values appears. I'll choose #problem-solving from that list:

(Tip: Don't see the tag you want? No problem, you can add any tag you want by just typing it in.You can add as many additional tags as you want!)

5. Click 'Give!'

Click the 'Give!' button. You just recognized your colleague! 🎉 

I've just given Bear a bonus! She gets an email notification about the bonus, and the bonus appears at the top of the Bonusly feed:


Want to include links, GIFs, images or more? You can put a lot into a bonus message. Are you ready to move beyond text, and add images, emojis, gifs and more? You can learn more some pro-tips on giving a bonus here

Want to learn how to give a great bonus? A great bonus will be timely, specific and include an example to show off the excellent work your colleagues are doing! You can learn more about what makes a bonus great here. 

Make a mistake? The 'Edit | Delete' options will remain available for a few minutes so you can make changes. Once the option disappears, you'll need to contact your company's Bonusly administrator to delete the bonus and try again. 

Hate clicking boxes? We've got you covered. Just type your bonus directly into the give field using this format:

+20 @bear  for an amazing homepage graphics update! #design-master #innovation #eye-for-detail

Hit the 'Give' button, and you're all set! 

Still need help giving a bonus? Send us an email to and we'll help you recognize your colleagues!

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