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LAST UPDATED: October 20th, 2020

While several other companies focus solely on rewards, Kudos sets itself apart by emphasizing employee recognition. 

As a communication tool, Kudos allows employees, teams, managers and leadership to stay connected, collaborate, and coach. It encourages everyone to share important information, from personal status updates to the organizational vision and goals. Kudos promotes and enables a positive work culture that brings teams together and helps businesses thrive.

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The Good

  • Peer-to-Peer Recognition 
  • Rewards
  • Video Recognition
  • Public/Private Messages
  • Real-Time Data
  • Integrations

Peer-to-Peer Recognition

Kudos is based on the simple principle that it's all about intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is simply the act of doing something because you find it enjoyable, interesting, or personally rewarding, rather than doing something for an obvious external reward. The company firmly believes that acknowledging team members and encouraging peer-to-peer recognition is the key to a successful business. Kudos explains, "Employees that are recognized for what they do often report feeling happier overall about their work." 

Kudos doesn't eliminate extrinsic motivation, but you can choose whether or not you want to incorporate rewards into your recognition program or not. We here at Best Company appreciate the fact that Kudos lets employers choose, as this allows businesses of all shapes and sizes to find a solution that works for them. 


The company's primary goal is to help businesses start recognizing their employees and create a more positive work culture. However, if you choose to have a rewards program, Kudos offers a variety of custom rewards. 

You can choose from digital gift cards, a simple and effective way to reward employees, or you can select custom rewards. This is an extremely popular option as the rewards can be anything from a gift card to a local coffee shop to tickets to a sporting event or more. 

The last option is third-party rewards. This is the best choice for larger, more established companies that already have a loyalty program or their own online store with branded merchandise. 

Video Recognition

Kudos is unique because it allows you to leave a personal recognition message (there is an option to type the message if you prefer). The company's iOS and Android apps allow you to record video recognition and post it for everyone to see. 

While this feature isn't everyone's cup of tea, we like that Kudos offers a lot of variety when recognizing and acknowledging others. 

Public/Private Messages

When it comes to recognizing your employees (or coworkers), not everything has to be public. Kudos allows you to send a private message that is only visible to the sender and recipient. 

Real-Time Data

Whether you're a team manager wanting to see how your team is doing or a CEO who wants an overall picture of the company culture, Kudos has easy-to-understand, interactive dashboards, reports, and leaderboards. 

There is also KQ Analytics. KQ stands for Kudos Qualities and is a visual representation of the top eight qualities you've received in Kudos messages (for the past three months). This is exclusive to Kudos and allows you to view your individual performance (or an employee) and see how well it aligns with your company's values. 


Kudos was designed to work in conjunction with hundreds of popular work tools, including the following:

  • Microsoft
  • Skype
  • Slack
  • Office 365
  • LinkedIn
  • BambooHR
  • Paylocity

This isn't the complete list, so if you didn't see the app or tool you were looking for, we recommend checking out Kudos' integrations page on the website. 


The Bad

  • Unused Points Expire

Unused Points Expire

On the first day of every month, your Kudos Points to Give balance refreshes. If you had any leftover points from the previous month, they will be gone. While this may not bother some people, it may be frustrating to others.


The Bottom Line

Overall, Kudos seems to be a reputable company that is honestly trying to bring positivity and fun to the workforce. Kudos is all about building a trustworthy and real relationship with those you work with, reinforcing positive behaviors that align with your company's values. While many other employee recognition software simply puts you into one of their pre-made plans, we like that Kudos allows you to fashion a program for your company. You can choose to have reward points. You can decide how many points employees send out each month. Employees can choose to send a video message. Messages can be private or public. It is a bit frustrating the points don't roll over each month, but this is minor when you consider all the company offers.

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