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A Guide to Setting Up an Effective Bonus and Rewards Program

Stas Kulesh
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Apr 27, 2023 · 2 mins read
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Karma is a platform that allows you to create a reward system for your employees. In this ultimate guide on how to set up rewards and how they work, we’re gonna give you a complete rundown.

Firstly, it’s important to note that you can use Karma without having rewards enabled, which means you can accumulate points, but not coins. Enabling the rewards module is what allows you to accumulate coins.

Tips for effectively managing your budget through the rewards section

Budgeting is a common concern, that’s why we suggest budgeting per person per month. Typically, budgets range from $20 to $50 USD per person per month, but this can be converted to any currency. By setting a limit, employees cannot give out more than the individual limit, ensuring that the overall budget for the month is not exceeded. The price of rewards can then be set as a dollar to a coin, which is a straightforward way of setting up the budget for rewards.


Setting up rewards and regular bonuses

In terms of the rewards module, there are a few decisions that need to be made. Firstly, would you like to have a bonus? Bonuses are a great feature in Karma, allowing you to distribute a certain number of coins at the end of a period (monthly, quarterly, etc.) to your employees.

You can choose to distribute these coins based on:

  • Karma share - when the bonus is shared at the end of the period and it’s based on a team member’s share of the total karma earned during that period.
  • Per-person bonus - at the end of the period, each team member gets an equal, predefined amount of coins.
  • Even distribution of the bonus, meaning that each team member gets an even share of the bonus at the end of the period.

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There are different types of rewards that can be created, such as recognition, wellness, and growth. Recognition rewards are a great way to show appreciation for a job well done, while wellness rewards can encourage healthy habits. Growth rewards, on the other hand, can help employees develop new skills and learn new things.

When creating rewards, it’s important to keep in mind that they should be meaningful and relevant to your employees. The rewards should also be attainable, and not too difficult to achieve, as this can demotivate employees.


Overall, Karma is a platform that allows you to create a rewards system that is tailored to your needs. By setting a budget per person per month and creating meaningful and attainable rewards, you can incentivize your employees and create a positive work culture.

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Stas Kulesh
Stas Kulesh
Written by Stas Kulesh
Karma bot founder. I blog, play fretless guitar, watch Peep Show and run a digital design/dev shop in Auckland, New Zealand. Parenting too.