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Nov 14, 2023

Kudos® Announces the 2023 Best Culture Award Winners: Celebrating Excellence in Workplace Culture    

Kudos® Announces the 2023 Best Culture Award Winners: Celebrating Excellence in Workplace Culture    Kudos® Announces the 2023 Best Culture Award Winners: Celebrating Excellence in Workplace Culture    
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In its third year, the program honors companies in four categories: Culture of Year, Innovator, Leader, and Engagement Excellence. Organizations recognized include Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, BetterUp, and Camlin Group.

CALGARY, Alberta — (Nov. 14, 2023) — Kudos, the company that unlocks employee potential and organizational culture through employee recognition, announced today the 40 companies honored in its third annual Best Culture Awards program. This year's applications were impressive – the 2023 award winners have excelled in fostering outstanding workplace cultures.

The 2023 Best Culture Awards features two new categories: the "Culture of the Year," a special accolade reserved for an organization with an extraordinary culture, and the "Engagement Excellence List," dedicated to organizations that have shown unwavering commitment to driving employee engagement. The awards also celebrate the return of the "Culture Leader" and "Culture Innovator" awards.  

This year’s winners include exceptional organizations such as Africa’s largest mobile network operator, MTN, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, BetterUp, and Camlin Group, and they represent over ten industries and range in size from SMEs to enterprises.  

"I am deeply honored to recognize and celebrate the exceptional organizations that have emerged as our 2023 Best Culture Award winners," said Muni Boga, President and CEO of Kudos. "Their commitment to fostering a culture of recognition, collaboration, and excellence is truly commendable. Congratulations to each winner – your achievements are a testament to the importance of putting people and culture at the forefront of business strategy. Here's to continued success and inspiring others in the years to come!"

For more information about the 2023 Best Culture Awards presented by Kudos, visit https://www.kudos.com/kudos-awards  

2023 Culture Leaders:  

These Culture Leaders have succeeded in building a strong and distinct workplace culture founded on their organization's mission, vision and values. Their investments in people analytics, strategic employee recognition and culture initiatives have made a quantifiable difference in employee engagement and organizational performance. The 2023 Culture Leaders are:  

  • CAAT Pension Plan
  • Camlin Group
  • Clarasys
  • De Lage Landen Financial Services Canada Inc.
  • Kanika Hotels and Resorts
  • MTN Group
  • Multi Media LLC
  • Pillar Properties
  • Rocky Mountain Health Care Services
  • SCM Insurance Services
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Bay Community Credit Union
  • Uvalde Memorial Hospital

2023 Culture Innovators:  

The Culture Innovators have demonstrated an impactful commitment to the employee experience in a unique and modern way. They have fostered a strong and supportive culture through creative efforts and think outside the box to boost engagement, morale and regular recognition. The 2023 Culture Innovators are:  

  • CBRE, Inc. Tenet Healthcare Services
  • Concepcion Business Services, Inc.
  • Episource
  • HID
  • HUB International Great Plains
  • HUB International Midwest East
  • IAT Insurance Group
  • Lectric eBikes
  • Liliuokalani Trust
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
  • Meals on Wheels America
  • NeoGenomics Laboratories
  • Northland Area Federal Credit Union
  • Oliver+
  • Orion Lending
  • Penn-Mar Human Services
  • Progressive Computing Inc.
  • Relatient
  • Rock Valley Credit Union

2023 Engagement Excellence Up-and-Comers:  

The Engagement Excellence List celebrates organizations making strides in employee engagement, as demonstrated by rising levels of employee satisfaction and positive workplace culture metrics. The Engagement Excellence winners are committed to building their employee experience and have up-and-coming cultures to watch! The 2023 Engagement Excellence winners are:

  • BetterUp
  • Kaseya
  • Hudson Valley Credit Union
  • MarketStar
  • William Osler Health System

2023 Culture of Year:

The Culture of the Year Award is presented to an organization that showcases a steadfast commitment to exemplary workplace culture and has made remarkable advancements in the past year toward cultivating a world-class work environment. In reviewing this year’s applications, our selection committee unanimously agreed that two organizations deserve this accolade for 2023. This 2023 Culture of Year Award honorees are:

  • WilsonHCG
  • Oregon Community Credit Union

Both WilsonHCG and OCCU have been recognized as winners for their exceptional commitment to creating workplace environments that not only drive employee engagement and satisfaction but also align closely with their core values, resulting in thriving, inclusive, and productive cultures.

WilsonHCG's culture thrives on innovation, feedback, and ownership, with a comprehensive engagement strategy that leverages employee recognition, CSR activities, and several employee-driven programs.

OCCU stands out for its holistic approach to employee engagement, blending its "people helping people" philosophy with actionable strategies that prioritize well-being, resulting in impressive retention and satisfaction scores.


For further information: Margaux Morgante, press@kudos.com  


Oct 3, 2023

Kudos® Announces Technology Partnership with UKG 

Kudos® Announces Technology Partnership with UKG  Kudos® Announces Technology Partnership with UKG 
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Kudos has joined UKG's renowned partner network to offer UKG clients a seamless integration into the award-winning employee recognition platform.

October 3, 2023 – Calgary, AlbertaKudos®, the employee recognition platform that transforms workplace cultures, announced today a new technology partnership with UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions. With 350 technology and services partners, UKG provides one of the largest and most collaborative partner ecosystems in the Human Capital Management (HCM) industry focused on creating better employee experiences for all people, to improve business outcomes. 

 With this collaboration, organizations that utilize both Kudos and the UKG Pro suite can benefit from automated integration, user provisioning and data updates. “We are committed to supporting efficient business processes for our valued clients, and this partnership represents that,” says Muni Boga, President and CEO of Kudos. “We look forward to welcoming more UKG clients to our platform in the future. Employee recognition is a necessary practice, and when done right, it can transform workplaces, creating a thriving environment where everyone feels valued, motivated, and deeply connected to their organization,” says Boga.  

 “At UKG, we strive to create lifelong partnerships with our customers, helping them create modern people experiences to drive better business outcomes and anticipate employee needs beyond just work,” said Mike May, senior director of the UKG Connect Technology Partner Program at UKG. “By cultivating a highly engaged ecosystem of technology partners, including Kudos, we’re able to help create a more seamless and empowering technology experience.” 

Kudos aims to provide integrations with the most widely used HRIS solutions on the market. HRIS integrations facilitate the automatic syncing of data so clients can avoid the hassle of managing various systems manually. Along with this UKG partnership, Kudos has expanded its selection of integrations to over 50 different HR, payroll, and directory software.  

Kudos is committed to making its product experience as easy and seamless as possible for clients and end users. Kudos is setting a standard of excellence, and this partnership reaffirms its dedication to making employee recognition more accessible and efficient for everyone.  


Mar 16, 2023

Kudos Solidifies its Position as Employee Recognition Leader by Top Software Review Platforms

Kudos Solidifies its Position as Employee Recognition Leader by Top Software Review Platforms Kudos Solidifies its Position as Employee Recognition Leader by Top Software Review Platforms
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Kudos receives top honours from Capterra, Software Advice, G2, and SourceForge, solidifying its position as a trusted partner for businesses looking to cultivate a positive and productive workplace culture.

March 16, 2023 – Calgary, Alberta – Kudos, an industry-leading employee recognition and culture platform, has been named a top Employee Recognition Software product by Capterra, an online service that helps organizations find the right software for their needs.

Capterra Shortlist is an independent assessment that evaluates user reviews and online search activity to generate a list of market leaders that offer the best solutions.

Kudos was also named a FrontRunner in Employee Recognition Software by Software Advice which helps businesses evaluate which software products are right for them.

“Our valued clients are experiencing the positive impact employee recognition has on their culture, and we are always grateful for their outstanding feedback,” says Kudos President and CEO, Muni Boga. “We are proud of this recognition and as always, attribute our success to our clients and to our exceptional team here at Kudos.”

In addition to these wins, Kudos continues to be recognized by G2 in multiple categories each quarter. Kudos’ Winter 2023 G2 awards include:  

  • Employee Recognition
  • Leader Employee Engagement
  • Leader Best Estimated ROI (Enterprise)
  • Highest User Adoption (Enterprise)
  • Fastest Implementation (Enterprise)

Kudos was also recently recognized as a Leader in Employee Recognition Software by SourceForge. To win the Winter 2023 Leader award, each winner had to receive enough high-rated user reviews to place the winning product in the top 5% of favorably reviewed products on SourceForge.  

For the last five years, Kudos has been continually recognized as a leader by the most trusted SaaS communities, demonstrating the utmost quality that Kudos delivers to its customers. By consistently delivering outstanding results, Kudos has established itself as a trusted and reliable solution for businesses looking to improve their employee recognition and culture.

Kudos is deeply grateful for the support and feedback of its clients and is committed to continuing to innovate and improve its services to meet their evolving needs. With these latest accolades, Kudos further cements its position as a leader in the industry and a trusted partner for businesses looking to cultivate a positive and productive workplace culture.

About Capterra:

Capterra is a software reviews and selection platform that connects businesses to the right technology. Compare software, read and leave reviews, and access objective insights that empower business growth.

Disclaimer: The Capterra Shortlist badge is a service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. The Capterra Shortlist report constitutes the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Capterra or its affiliates.

About Software Advice:

FrontRunners is published on Software Advice, the leading online service for businesses navigating the software selection process. FrontRunners evaluates verified end-user reviews and product data, positioning the top scoring products based on Usability and Customer Satisfaction ratings for small businesses.  

Disclaimer: FrontRunners constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Software Advice or its affiliates.

About SourceForge:

SourceForge.net is the world’s largest software comparison directory, serving nearly 30 million users every month and featuring user reviews, product comparisons, software guides, and more. SourceForge's mission is to help businesses find the best software to fit their needs and their budget. There are a variety of software tools available to businesses, and there are tools in almost every category and niche, each serving a slightly different purpose. SourceForge also powers the Slashdot.org/software/ business software and services directory.


Dec 13, 2022

Kudos Wins Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for Excellence in Rewards and Recognition Technology

Kudos Wins Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for Excellence in Rewards and Recognition Technology Kudos Wins Brandon Hall Group Silver Award for Excellence in Rewards and Recognition Technology
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The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards program focuses on solution providers offering technology dedicated to enhancing workforces around the globe. Kudos’ employee recognition and culture platform receives a coveted win in this year’s program.

December 13, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta – Kudos, an industry-leading employee recognition and culture platform, is thrilled to announce its Silver Award in the Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology for Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology.

Kudos is taking a bold position in the HR and work technology market through a proprietary performance recognition approach that puts recognition first and creates lasting organizational performance and culture changes.

Kudos is committed to building strong workplace cultures through the power of employee recognition. “Recognition matters. Our clients understand the power that regular, meaningful recognition has on employee engagement, turnover, culture and business results,” says Muni Boga, President and CEO of Kudos. “Being recognized in this category by the Brandon Hall Group is a special honor and a testament to our value and innovation at Kudos. Kudos is proud of this recognition, and we congratulate our fellow honorees!”

“From our research, we know that more than half of organizations say it is critical to advance the HCM technology ecosystem to succeed in the future of work. Winners of our Excellence in Technology awards are the pacesetters in ensuring employers have the leading-edge tools they need to evolve and prosper in the challenging environment we all work in,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke.  

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon specific criteria including product, unique differentiators, value proposition and measurable results.

“We are honored to celebrate the foresight and ingenuity of our Technology award winners!” said Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke. “More than 80% of employers are optimistic about advancing digital transformation in 2023, our research shows, and that is because these organizations and individuals who are laser-focused on technology innovation.”  

Kudos would like to thank its amazing clients who are leading by example through their commitment to employee engagement and thriving company culture, fueling company growth, innovation, and success:  

The data in Kudos can serve as an early indicator of where you need to make shifts, by department so leaders can get a pulse on what’s happening with our organization. I can also tell a lot about how a department is doing and feeling when I read the comments.” says Kamal Jemmoua, CEO at Prominence Health.
Marisol Hughes, EVP & General Counsel from WilsonHCG says, “Kudos is routinely called out in all our quarterly engagement surveys as our employees’ favorite way of being recognized by the business and peers. Being recognized by their peers rather than their managers (managers can and do recognize and reward their team members on Kudos too) means a lot to people.
Telarus sees the impact of Kudos in our employee NPS (Net Promoter Scores). Employees frequently comment about how rewarding it is to receive recognition in Kudos from their team members; the fact that employees get to redeem their points seems secondary to the good feelings and connectivity.” says Dawnell Unsworth from Telarus.

Kudos’ win was announced on December 8, 2022. See the full list of winners here.


Dec 7, 2022

Kudos Recognized for Innovation in HR in the 2022 HRO Today Association Awards

Kudos Recognized for Innovation in HR in the 2022 HRO Today Association Awards Kudos Recognized for Innovation in HR in the 2022 HRO Today Association Awards
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December 7, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta – Kudos, the award-winning employee recognition and culture platform was named a finalist in the HRO Today Association Awards for Innovation in HR.  

The HRO Today Association Awards is an annual recognition program that honours the essential work that HR professionals do every day and provides people, teams, partners, and companies an opportunity to share best practices and successes. For more than 15 years, the Association has recognized company and individual accomplishments in human resources and leadership in North America, EMEA and APAC.  

“Congratulations to the winners who were honoured this year,” said Renee Preston, Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Association. “The overall quality of the nominations received this year was exceptional – the list of accomplishments goes far beyond what we were able to quickly summarize during the awards presentation. The level of detail, including results of ROI and supporting references in each of the nominations received this year demonstrating not only the great work being done by our winners, but the commitment and buy-in from our nominators – so many who invested a good portion of their time, and energy, on the finalists’ behalf.”

“It is an honor to be named a finalist for this award, it is a true testament to our focus here at Kudos,” says Muni Boga, President & CEO of Kudos. “Innovation is one of our core values, and something we keep in mind, especially in the design and development of our platform. Intuitive, accessible, and engaging employee recognition technology is a necessary key to creating outstanding company culture. It’s inspiring to see more and more organizations recognizing the importance and impact of investing in technologies like Kudos.”  

Kudos is an industry-leader providing organizations with the tools to build strong workplace cultures through the power of accessible meaningful recognition and powerful people analytics. Kudos is honoured and proud of this recognition from HRO Today and congratulates all its fellow finalists.

About the HRO Today Association

The HRO Today Association is the premier networking and content community for advancing the human resources profession. By engaging in professional development opportunities and connecting with peers, members improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their HR operations and service delivery. The Association is managed by HRO Today/SharedXpertise Media, whose magazines, web portals, research, enewsletters, events, and social networks reach over 180,000 senior-level HR decision-makers with rich, gamechanging content.


Nov 24, 2022

Kudos’ Muni Boga Named One of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs

Kudos’ Muni Boga Named One of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs Kudos’ Muni Boga Named One of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs
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Thursday, November 24, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta –  Kudos®, the company that unlocks potential and culture through employee recognition, announced today its President & CEO, Muni Boga, was named one of Canada’s Most Admired™ CEOs by Waterstone Human Capital.

“At Waterstone we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s your organization’s single greatest asset,” says Marty Parker, President and CEO of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of the Canada’s Most Admired™ program. “The 2022 award recipients demonstrate that putting culture at the center of your strategy drives growth and accelerates performance. They actively craft high-performance cultures that drive extraordinary results and serve as an inspiration for others who want to do the same.”

Transformative leadership, distinct values and exceptional culture are what make Kudos, Kudos. Kudos believes in open and transparent communication, encouraging leaders to collaborate in solving challenges. It’s this leadership that empowers Kudos employees to reach their full potential and through that provide exceptional client service.

"I'm deeply humbled by this honor and would be remiss if I didn't recognize that every team member plays a part in the culture we've built at Kudos," says Muni Boga. "From day one, we have emphasized that Kudos is a safe and open environment for both our leadership and team. This encourages innovation and client-centric thinking - both key drivers in our success. Not to mention, it's the right thing to do."  

Earlier in 2022, Kudos welcomed Kelly Thompson as Chief Product & Marketing Officer, and Scott Sturgeon as VP Technology. Joining them on the senior leadership team is Nikki Weisgarber, former Director of Client Success at Kudos, appointed VP Sales & Client Success. These seasoned leaders bring paramount experience in the high growth technology space, and more importantly a deep understanding of employee engagement and culture-building.  

The results speak for themselves. For example, Kudos consistently reports a Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) score in the rcentile. Building a culture of recognition is a philosophy that Muni and his team live out internally, and with Kudos’ clients worldwide through the Kudos employee recognition platform.

About Waterstone Human Capital:

At Waterstone Human Capital, we inspire organizations to build high performance cultures. We’re a human capital management consulting firm specializing in retained executive search, cultural measurement and assessment, and leadership training and development. We have successfully helped hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America recruit, measure, and train for fit. Waterstone is also the founder of the Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired™ CEO programs. These national programs annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations and CEOs, for fostering cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage. For more information, please visit waterstonehc.com or canadasmostadmired.com

About Kudos

Kudos is an employee engagement, culture, and analytics platform, that harnesses the power of peer-to-peer recognition, values reinforcement, and open communication to help organizations boost employee engagement, reduce turnover, improve culture, and drive productivity and performance. Kudos uses unique proprietary methodologies to deliver essential people analytics on culture, performance, equity, and inclusion, providing organizations with deep insights and a clear understanding of their workforce.

For media inquiries:

Robyn Levy, Program Manager – Most Admired Awards, Waterstone Human Capitalrlevy@waterstonehc.com  416-408-4545 x 244

Margaux Morgante, Marketing Communications Manager, Kudos, press@kudos.com  

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