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2019 in review: Bonusly users celebrated teamwork, leadership, and much more

Written by
Maja Orsic
Maja Orsic

Ah, 2019. A truly remarkable year in teamwork.

In the United States, for instance, a record number of women were sworn in to Congress, researchers at the National Science Foundation capturedthe first-ever picture of a black hole, and Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt won an Oscar forbest original song(which is, incidentally, what I listened to on loop while writing this post).

At Bonusly, we redesignedour blog和59发表文章,翻我们的以前的侦察rd of 30 posts in a year. We releasedClaimable Awardsso that Bonusly admins can streamline recognition for if-then tasks, launched the interactiveAnalytics Dashboardand personalizedProfile pagesto help Bonusly users visualize the dynamics of recognition at their organizations, and built out newadmin rolesand permissions to improve account security.

But I digress.

Read on to discover what Bonusly users did in 2019: how they recognized remarkable teamwork, celebratedepiphany moments,connected with colleagues outside their departments and offices, and so much more!


Bonusly users gave 3,991,741 bonuses in 2019, 45% more bonuses than they gavein 2018.Seventy-nine percent of Bonusly users received recognition at least once a month, which is pretty cool when you consider that71%of highly-engaged employeeswork in organizations where employees get recognized at least once a month.


Because Bonusly users can recognize their peers, direct reports,andmanagers on the platform, employee recognition isn't a strictly top-down process. In 2019, Bonusly users gave89% of all bonuses to their peers and 11% to their managers and direct reports. Fifty percent of all bonuses wereintradepartmental, which means that50% of all bonuses wereinterdepartmental. (An even split!) Bonusly users also added on to 17% of all bonuses, further amplifying the impact of highly-visible, 360-degree employee recognition.


Bonusly admins saved countless hours (and at least 50,000 greeting cards from the landfill) with Bonusly'sautomated Birthday and Work Anniversary Bots, which prompted Bonusly users to celebrate24,211 work anniversaries and 26,378 birthdays.


Our customer base expanded from 114 to122 countriesin 2019 as we partnered with new customers around the world.Sixty-three percentof Bonusly customers use the platform to connect teams inmultiple office locationsand27%use it to connect teams inmultiple countries.

Bonusly customers with multiple locations tell us that the platform helps them reinforce their company values and strengthen their company cultures in large part because Bonusly users can addcore value hashtagsto every bonus they give.


In 2019,teamwork, leadership, and problem solvingwere the three company values that Bonusly users exhibited most often. I told you it was a remarkable year in teamwork!

One thing Bonusly users often mention in theirCapterraandG2评论是有多热爱添加gif和emoji to bonuses. Honestly, it's one of our team's favorite features, too!


In 2019, Bonusly users added nearlyone million GIFsto bonuses, more than doubling 2018's figure. They also added391,322 emojito bonuses, which begs the question: if a picture's worth 1,000 words, how many words is an emoji worth?

Just as GIFs and emoji make Bonuslyfun, our chat toolintegrationsmake iteasy.Sixty-four percentof Bonusly customersintegrate Bonusly with their chat tools, which is really impactful:Bonusly customers with chat tool integrations have 36% higher participation rates.Thirty-six!


Nearly half (48%) of Bonusly users access Bonusly viaSlackand almost 23% useMicrosoft TeamsandHangouts Chat.

Of course, an employee recognition solution is only effective if people use it. We've written about howrewards can increase engagement with your recognition program. Becauserewards don't have to be costlyto be meaningful, and because people want to exercise voice and choice when it comes to employee rewards (that is, to be able to choose from brands they like), we do our best to add new brands to ourinternational digital Reward Catalogevery quarter.


In 2019,we added 36 brandsto our default catalog and Bonusly users redeemed their earnings for gift cards from345 different brands. Amazon was Bonusly users' favorite reward brand in 2019, as it was in 2018, andAllowance Boosts, which Bonusly users can select in order to give their coworkers more recognition, were their second favorite, jumping ahead two spots from last year.


Bonusly users continued to demonstrate incredible generosity in 2019,donating $91,797of their Bonusly earnings to nonprofits. TheWorld Wildlife Fund,ACLU,charity:water,Canine Companions for Independence(a Bonusly customer!), and theAmerican Red Crosswere the five most popular nonprofits in our Reward Catalog in 2019. Tofind out how much Bonusly users have donated since we started keeping track, visit ourDonationspage.


Whew! Thanks for reviewing 2019 with me!

Check out the full PDF reporthereand if you want to share any of these stats, on social, be sure to include the hashtag#AYearInBonusly.

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Originally published on January 16, 2020 → Last updated January 16, 2020

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Maja Orsic

Maja's background in writing, fine art photography, and visual design informs her work for Bonusly. She's motivated to create welcoming digital spaces and make work better for everyone.


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