Top Free Employee Recognition Software

Check out our list of free Employee Recognition Software. Products featured on this list are the ones that offer a free trial version. As with most free versions, there are limitations, typically time or features.

If you'd like to see more products and to evaluate additional feature options, compare all Employee Recognition Software to ensure you get the right product.

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(1,019)4.8 out of 5
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Build a Culture of Appreciation with Kudos Employee Recognition. Kudos empowers employees in over 80 countries to recognize the teammates and achievements that make their companies great places to work. With a lack of appreciation consistently cited as a top reason employees leave their jobs, employee recognition needs to be at the core of your employee engagement strategy. Whether you’re 100 employees or 50,000, a great employee experience starts with the Kudos social recognition system. Kudo

LG
The way we can get free items from earning Kudos Read review
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I really really enjoy earning free prizes. Read review
(638)4.9 out of 5
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Entry Level Price:$0 Single User Accounts

We Believe People Come First! Elevate your Recognition and Reward Programs in minutes. Send/schedule 1-1000 gifts at a time, or provide a few managers budgets to send rewards in real-time. Then scale your pilot programs company-wide and add peer-to-peer programs. Recipients will love the flexibility to redeem at 60,000+ global merchant locations. No markups and full credit back on unclaimed gift cards to deliver the best ROI in the industry! START FOR FREE at GUUSTO.COM.

Stan M.
SM
A few clicks to send a gift card. Cost effective and a time saver. Read review
Shamin M.
SM
Everything went super well and no catches! The Guusto team was rather helpful at clarifying any misunderstandings I had about the program and it... Read review

Bonusly makes work better for everyone, from the new hire to the CEO. It empowers teams across the world to recognize and reward one another for the great work they do day in, and day out. We founded Bonusly because so many vital contributions go unrecognized and unrewarded every day, leading to disengagement, and employee turnover. There is a major opportunity for cultural growth and improvement in most organizations, but few truly effective tools to focus on that opportunity. Bonusly helps

DM
it's a nice semi-random bonus that ends up in a free steam game once in a while Read review
Ivan O.
IO
The sharing spirit of Bonus.ly you get to share, you can not keep anything you didn't "earn". Except that I like the integration with the giphy!... Read review
(372)4.7 out of 5

Motivosity is the company with the intent to make people happier at work. Motivosity is a modern employee engagement and recognition software. Our products are designed to attack the top three drivers for employee motivation and engagement: being recognized and appreciated for what you do, feeling connected to your manager, and having a strong sense of community in the workplace. With an average 96% user engagement rate, our software drives amazing results by making visible all the great work

UI
What I like best about Motivosity is the free money! Read review
UE
Who doesn’t appreciate a few dollars thrown to you for a job well done? Moto is a nice way to publicly thank your colleagues at no cost to you*... Read review
(196)4.8 out of 5
Entry Level Price:From $149 Per Year

Kudoboard is an online replacement for the card that's passed around and signed. It is focused on workplace appreciation. Users can create Kudoboards; contribute messages, GIFs, images, or videos; invite others on the team to post, and then deliver to the recipient. Used by teams of all sizes (and particularly valuable when some employees are remote), Kudoboard is perfect for the special occasions that matter most: birthdays, work anniversaries, onboarding, promotions, farewells, ongoing shou

Kenny C.
KC
It is so easy to use and even easier to share. The scheduling is very convenient. It is a simple set date and time, share the link to people to... Read review
AE
A Kudoboard is a fun, dynamic, and good for the planet way to send messages of warm feelings to someone or a group of people. It is easy to use... Read review
(153)4.9 out of 5
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Our platform makes it easy and for employees and managers to recognize and reward one another for milestones and achievements. Unlike any other recognition program Bucketlist enables companies to reward employees the way they want resulting in a 97% product satisfaction score. With Bucketlist employees or managers can easily recognize and reward their colleagues for living exemplifying core values or for outstanding performance.

UH
The website is very easy to maneuver and understand. Great selection of gift cards to redeem your points with...restaurants, stores, airlines. ... Read review
LB
Intuitive to use (no training required), setup to match our branding, fun feel like a social media platform, so many ways to customize to your... Read review
(157)4.5 out of 5
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Entry Level Price:$3/Employee/Month

Qarrot is a complete recognition software solution for small to mid-sized businesses. Whether your goal is to improve employee morale, strengthen your organization's culture, drive higher performance, or to simply say "thank-you", we can help. Founded on the belief that companies with fewer than 1,000 employees also deserve modern, easy-to-use, and affordable employee recognition software, Qarrot is great for business owners, HR professionals, and team managers alike. Our features and flexibil

TI
being able to recognize my co-workers for a job well done Read review
UP
This platform is very simple to use. We did the trial for a few products and this was my favorite. Read review
(148)4.6 out of 5
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Entry Level Price:Free Unlimited

Nectar helps organizations reinforce great work – anytime, anywhere. Its top-rated 360 recognition & rewards platform enables every team member (peer to peer & manager to employees alike) to send meaningful recognition rooted in core values. Streamline your incentives and maintain a connected culture regardless of whether your workforce is centralized or distributed. Nectar offers fair billing so you only pay for ACTIVE users instead of seats. There are no contracts or implementation f

UI
Nectar is easy to use. No real training required. Just get in, get it done, get out. Read review
RM
Recognition is the best feature. It's always fun to see who appreciates the work you do. Read review
(145)4.6 out of 5

Vantage Circle is a cloud-hosted employee engagement & benefits platform built to help corporations engage and empower their employees by incentivizing exemplary performance through best privileges, rewards, and engagement programs. Vantage Circle understands that managing human resource efficiently, satisfying their necessities and surprising (not shocking!) them is a humongous task. To overcome any deviations in these tasks, they provide an integrated platform to the corporate employers w

Hemanth K.
HK
It provides me gift cards to various shopping websites which I can use to buy items in my wish list Read review
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Discount in all sites at one place easy to compare and get better price. Read review
(125)4.2 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$6 per user per month

Built on best practices and decades of research Engagedly Performance Management Platform, organizations can set and track goals, manage performance appraisals and 360 reviews, provide 1 on 1 feedback and recognize performance. Features include goal management, Manager and 360 Feedback, Peer Praise, Knowledge Sharing/eLearning, rewards, social performance. Engagedly is the most comprehensive tool available to drive Employee Engagement.

CH
I really like how easy it is to setup the system configurations. Also the support team is very responsive and helpful. It's a truly innovative... Read review
Margaret W.
MW
The system is simple to use, and the Engagedly team is always responsive to questions. Read review
(44)4.7 out of 5

Empuls is an all-in-one employee engagement and motivation platform that offers Rewards & Recognition, Pulse Surveys, eNPS surveys, 1-on-1 Feedback, Social Intranet and People Analytics in one powerful solution. Trusted by 1000+ brands across the globe, Empuls helps organizations to build high-performing teams that are aligned to organizational culture and values. Empuls also makes it simple to connect and engage your workforce, wherever they are. The platform seamlessly integrates with an

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We are looking for best tool for r&r initiatives for employees and customers both Read review
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Customer service. Customer care agent was proactive. Read review
(42)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$2.5 per user per month

Employee recognition is a powerful way to drive employee engagement and productivity and align the whole organization around desired employee behaviors. With JobPts you will be able to manage all your company-wide recognition programs in one unified platform. JobPts offers an extensive all-digital rewards network that is available in over 140 countries around the globe to support your global recognition programs. With the out of the box integration with SAP SuccessFactors, other HRIS and HR te

Steven H.
SH
The UI and UX is very intuitive and easy. I appreciate the gamification portion where it encourages me to appreciate colleagues to increase my... Read review
claire m.
CM
I like how easy it is to send an appreciation / recognition to my peers. Somehow I know it is a great way to motivate them to even do their work... Read review
(32)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:FREE UNLIMITED

Teams are making sacrifices during this pandemic. Employee recognition shouldn't be one of them. Engage your team on the world's leading free recognition software today! Assembly is a FREE peer-to-peer employee recognition platform where co workers can easily recognize each other with meaningful messages and rewards and companies can manage culture spend with a positive and justifiable ROI. Assembly has a 95% employee engagement and can be easily integrated with Slack and MS Teams. Grow and sus

David B.
DB
We are in the business of helping companies attract and retain key talent. Assembly is a cost-effective way to create a strong culture of... Read review
AF
Easy setup. When starting out on the free option to test the product, it was a smooth transition to the paid version. Setting up each email and... Read review
(26)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:5 user/month

Fringe is a lifestyle benefits marketplace, that allows employers to give employees benefits that meet their needs now. Employees are different. From stages of life, to location, every employee has unique needs that typical benefits are not flexible enough to accommodate. Fringe creates benefit equity, where no matter how old, where they work, or what their needs are, every employee can find benefits that matter to them. All an employer needs to do is fund each employees account, and let thei

UP
The wide variety of opportunities that keep me feeling appreciated, rejuvenated and happy about the management and administration teams that have... Read review
UE
Free points for surveys. Fringe helps me save a lot of money Read review
(25)4.6 out of 5

Tap My Back is an employee engagement solution that focuses on helping Team Leaders building stronger teams, and HR Managers empower smarter leadership, creating engaged individuals. With a growth mindset, focused on personal development, Tap My Back provides employee private feedback sharing, pulse surveys, flat recognition, skills management, and mood tracking in an intuitive, continuous way.

Francisca C.
FC
It's a very easy way to recognize members of our team and motivate colleagues. Read review
Tiago V.
TV
Instantenous feedback to my work! Sometimes you are working hard on a project, with other people, but you lack some kind if feedback. The fact that... Read review
(57)4.8 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$4.00 PEPM

Training Amigo is now Woliba. With Woliba, organizations have a mobile-friendly wellness, engagement, recognition and rewards program with automated communication and real-time data and analytics... that goes BEYOND the typical work day. This is Work Life Balance. This is Woliba. We help organizations consolidate multiple systems that are usually soiled into ONE comprehensive platform. The results include reduced time and cost managing along with better employee experience. Connect with a Wol

Sofia G.
SG
The ability to track my health experiences, learn new and various topics, join challenges to try new things. I'm not sure if this is across the... Read review
(31)4.9 out of 5

EPIC features a Rich Survey Engine, Peer-2-Peer Feedback, Company and Employee Evaluations, Community Team-Building, a robust Recognition Store and more. EPIC (Employee Perceived Image of the Company) is web-based software that allows both employees and employers to evaluate each other from a cultural, collaborative, environmental and needs perspective. The robust software includes enhanced features that allow for a Manager to assess an employee’s perception of the company, their colleagues and

UI
When my boss told us they were going to buy this software I thought it would be a very boring chore (like the other surveys I had to do in the... Read review
DL
I was looking for a software solution that could help me learn more about my employees and how satisfied they are. We're a small team and sometimes... Read review
(30)4.9 out of 5

Learn Amp is the world's no.1 People Development Platform for forward thinking, knowledge intensive businesses. From large SME to enterprise our sweet spot is 250 to 5,000 users. We help deliver a better experience and proof of ROI by combining Learning (LMS/LXP), with Engagement (pulse surveys, feedback surveys) and Performance Management (Check-ins, reviews, OKRs) in one award winning platform. Start with something simple and upgrade as your organisation's digital transformation and People s

IE
it super straight forward .easy to go through, and use Read review
AF
The Learn Amp interface is streamlined and user-friendly to navigate. I've never used an easier system for adding content, and it's helpful that... Read review
(14)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$3 0 EMPLOYEE MONTH

Bring your culture online by making your mission and values visible and actionable with Disco in Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts Chat. • Recognize people in real-time when they live your values • Uncover trends and metrics on values usage • Broadcast values and team stats on TVs or monitors Amplify what matters by making your values work for you. • Employees who know their company values are 51x more likely to feel engaged • Weekly interaction with values increases an employees rete

AA
I used this software with my real estate clients and for my self. It is so easy to use and quick to learn. I highly recommend! The flow of the... Read review
UC
Great way to get employees to interact with our core values. Also cool to see feedback exchanged beyond quarterly or annual reviews. We initially... Read review
(7)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$0 user/month

Preciate is an employee recognition and engagement platform for companies and teams of all sizes. Our core purpose is helping people build stronger, more authentic relationships at work and beyond. For companies, this helps with employee engagement, performance, retention, and much more. Preciate has a variety of integrations including with Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Gmail. We also have a mobile application, which is great for frontline workers. Give recognition where is most convenient for y

DB
Rather than a static screen like Teams or Zoom, I love that you can move around, like in a room. With a bigger group, the closer you are to people... Read review
(11)5.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:Free* Unlimited users

CorporateGift enables Sales, Marketing, Client Success and Partner teams to send client gifts and E-gifts at scale, integrated with your CRM or ERP. CorporateGift is the only corporate gifting platform that connects to a marketplace of over 10,000 options from branded swag to luxury VIP gifts. Spend your budgets on gifts, not software. Our solution is free for corporate accounts with a minimum annual gift spend commitment.

GL
Compared to other gifting platforms CorporateGift has several advantages. Number one, pricing model. You get a very feature-rich platform for free... Read review
UC
I manage Account Based Marketing, and I love the fact I can send unlimited E-gifts to prospects and target accounts - no price per send. We’re not... Read review
(12)4.7 out of 5

Oplift is our mobile-first employee knowledge platform that can replace your outdated Intranet and neglected LMS. Perfect for improving employee knowledge in customer-facing, deskless and distributed teams. Available where your staff need it - on iOS, Android and the web. Used for giving employees on-demand access to knowledge, preboarding & onboarding new staff, sales enablement, microlearning, internal comms and compliance. It's helped companies like Virgin Media, Tesco and Next: Boost

CF
Oplift has been a great tool for our company and has been super helpful for me personally. I recommend all companies use this and it should benefit... Read review
UF
Allows the team members to see progress in a user friendly manner. I believe that this is one of the best programs in our company and one of my... Read review
(11)4.5 out of 5

Bonfyre is a workplace culture platform designed to build human connections. Our mobile-first platform replicates the spontaneous and casual interaction that creates better workplaces, serving as a “virtual water cooler” for distributed workforces. Bonfyre gives employees the digital space—separate from productivity tools—to create an inclusive community where employees feel like they belong, resulting in higher employee retention. The platform supports culture touchpoints such as team building,

JW
Customer service is excellent - Justin Padinske is a HUGE help. Easy to use, looks updated. Read review
AB
a safe friendly way to engagement co-workers, without dealing with the toxicity that can come with facebook or twitter. the Bonyre team is amazing... Read review
(6)4.6 out of 5

Propel by Zaggle is an integrated SaaS platform for gamified rewards & engagement programs for both Channel Partners & Employees. Propel has the ability to empower organizational teams & channel partners for higher performance and productivity through quick, easy-to-use and real-time functionalities. The architecture of the platform is such that it gives complete flexibility to the organizations to select and pay for the plan most suited to their needs.

ST
The ease of getting onboard with minimum documents and the entire lead time for the process is seamless. Read review
Jay K.
JK
The user friendly interface is the best thing. Read review
(4)4.4 out of 5
Entry Level Price:3 USD

Hi5 is a simple, easy cloud solution that enables employees within companies to recognise and rate each other to free up management and HR teams from laborious admin. Hi5 measures Appreciation, Goals, Culture and Happiness by allowing employees to give continuous feedback.

Rameez B.
RB
The app has really allowed the fun side of my colleagues to be explored a bit. It also allows for people to easily recognise and acknowledge each... Read review
Jorge Luis M.
JM
It is an excellent application for the interaction and communication of the employees of a company, allows to know their abilities, skills, hobbies... Read review
(2)5.0 out of 5

ChatFox provides Slack conversation starters that increase employee engagement. Employees that work across an organization don’t have the same opportunity to get to know each other in the hallways, the water cooler, or around meetings. These opportunities to build meaningful professional relationships directly impact the way employees work together and communicate. ChatFox increases employee engagement by building more meaningful relationships across your organization, department, and team. We

Matthew H.
MH
How effective it us to get team members who wouldn't normally work together to interact Read review
SH
User interface and simplicity. It keeps our remote employees engaged and aids in building our culture. Read review
(2)5.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:€ 0,55 user/month

Peero brings teams and collaborations into one place to recognise all good and extra actions you and your colleagues do daily. Spread the positive emotions sharing Peero based on your company values. Use Peero to: • Enhance your company values • Build recognition culture • Motivate your colleagues • Create positive competition • Share feedback even from a distance How does it work? • Each month you receive 100 Peero • Choose nominal from 5 to 25 Peero • Find a colleague form na

AL
Best team building, team morale building platform . Their HR advocates are great once you get in touch with them. The platform is easy to use, and... Read review
Rebecca S.
RS
What our company thought would be a wonderful employee recognition and engagement tool (which it IS!) has turned out to be a really wonderful... Read review

Blueboard is the experiential employee rewards and recognition platform for the modern workplace. Reward top employees with personalized experiences (like pottery classes, skydiving, or bucket list travel) through a centralized platform that scales, while delivering a lasting impact against your priority engagement metrics. Say no to gift cards, yes to experiences.

Mary Ann T.
MT
I love that the Blueboard Employee Recognition Platform makes the experience so seamless and gratifying. The Blueboard team takes care of... Read review
SD
I really like that you can choose your own adventure and the employees at Blueboard set up the rest! Read review
(3)4.3 out of 5

Workmates is a powerful communication, engagement, and rewards and recognition platform that gives you everything you need to drive engagement and collaboration. With Workmates, any employee can find any other employee—whether they’re in the office, in the field, or working remotely—and connect with them using chat, email, Skype, a company feed, or Google Hangouts. Productivity and collaboration soar, helping drive morale, productivity, and retention to all-time highs. Employees can use polls,

AW
My favorite part about workmates is how it promotes peer-to-peer interaction in a work space. Integration with Slack helps keep everything in one... Read review
AD
I like how Workmates allows us to use memes, gifs, photos, polls, etc. in our posts.That makes the posts very interactive and gets other people to... Read review
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Top 10 Free Employee Recognition Software in 2021

  • Kudos
  • Guusto
  • Bonusly
  • Motivosity
  • Kudoboard

Learn More About Employee Recognition Software


What is Employee Recognition Software?

Employee recognition and rewards programs help companies reinforce their mission, values, and culture. Recognizing and rewarding employees’ contributions helps to motivate them to continue their valuable contributions toward company goals. Employee recognition software provides companies, HR personnel, and managers with a variety of methods to reward employees. These recognition solutions can help companies offer their employees rewards such as social recognition, gift cards, free lunch, or excursions, among others.

Before choosing an employee recognition solution, discover what makes your employees feel most valued, as well as what your company wishes to use as motivation. Find a tool that can offer that method to employees. Recognition can feel like a type of reward but ultimately is not the same. Recognition is a more gamified approach that can assign employees points or badges or allow them to speak or post about one another's contributions. A recognition platform alone does not offer tangible rewards and is often one part of an overall employee engagement platform. Make sure your chosen solution can offer employees what you’re wanting to give: tangible rewards or verbal affirmation and feedback.

Key Benefits of Employee Recognition Software

  • Improve company culture by awarding ambition
  • Offer a platform for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Reward employees with cash, gift cards, and excursions
  • Motivate teams to constantly operate at their highest level
  • Incentivize employees out of office with wellness rewards, etc.


Who Uses Employee Recognition Software?

Employee recognition software is a helpful tool for businesses and HR departments of all sizes looking to run recognition programs. Employee recognition software reduces the administration time needed to implement, manage, or expand employee recognition initiatives.


What are the Common Features of Employee Recognition Software?

Recognition — Employee recognition can come in the form of management-to-employee or peer-to-peer.

Reward — Management and HR personnel can set reward criteria for employees to work toward. Depending on the solution, rewards might be in the form of points, for example, that employees collect to earn rewards. Or the reward might include immediate gifts following a predetermined goal.

Automation — Employee recognition software helps management automate the reward or recognition selection process. Managers or administrators can set predetermined standards, and employees can receive an automated message and/or reward once they’ve achieved the desired results. This takes the manual work away while ensuring regular awards.

Customization — Employee recognition solutions often come with customizable features, including type of recognition and award, birthday and anniversary bonuses, and so on.

Profiles — Employee recognition software is all about the people. As such, it might be important to your organization that each employee gets their own profile with visible information regarding their position, their badges and past awards, and a feed of updates. These profiles can act as a social intranet, publicizing awards and positive behavior. If this kind of community feel is valuable to you, look for solutions with employee profiles and information.

Mobile apps — Some employee recognition solutions provide mobile options, including Android and iOS devices. This allows users to update their profiles, provide recognition, view rewards, spend the e-gift card, and so on.

Integrations — Many employee recognition solutions integrate with all kinds of systems to make for easy single sign-on. Integrations may include core HR software, social collaboration apps, and business workflow systems.

Metrics and reporting — Employee recognition solutions help companies understand how their employees are contributing to company goals and culture. Reporting features provide management and HR personnel with insight into employee recognition program success.


Potential Issues with Employee Recognition Software

Inconsistent recognition — An employee recognition program that is inconsistent can actually have an adverse effect. If employees are being recognized for their contributions in a sporadic manner, that can result in alienating many employees that feel like their contributions are not being recognized or appreciated.

Lack of personalization — Each employee is different and will appreciate being recognized in an appropriate way for them. Not everyone values the same type of recognition, and it’s important to understand what employees need to feel valued and increase engagement.

Communication issues — A recognition program that does not recognize their employees company-wide will result in employees feeling alienated. Although they are receiving a reward for their hard work and contribution, this must happen publicly so the employees being rewarded can truly feel the appreciation and other employees will feel motivated to earn their own recognition through accomplishment and achievement.