hrtechoutlook

Bonfyre: App-Based Employee Engagement

CIO VendorMark Sawyier, Co-Founder & CEO, Chris Dornfeld, Co-Founder & President
Nearly 9 out of 10 employees believe that having a culture of engaged and motivated employees are the keys to a company’s success.(1)

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

If your company is like most, the mission statement on the corporate intranet or annual report states the value for each employee. When pressed as to how this is demonstrated, most companies point to their annual employee survey. You know the one that carries consistently low participation numbers. Historically, this is how companies have defined “employee engagement”.

It doesn’t need to be this way...or stay this way, and Bonfyre knows that.

Bonfyre, a private communications platform is transforming the way companies build and measure employee engagement. Companies can create one or many Bonfyre communities, each a private social network, for real-time communication that can be tailor-fit with dozens of advanced features. Bonfyre combines a simple and delightful communication experience with the security, control and customization required for the enterprise driving higher levels of engagement with today’s mobile centric employee.

“Being engaged at work isn’t only about what you’re doing.” stated Mark Sawyier, CEO and Co-Founder, Bonfyre. “It’s also about who you are working with. Employee engagement is all about human relationships and that is what makes Bonfyre unique.”

Bonfyre empowers companies to connect with employees in a more personal and human manner. With features to build positive workplace relationships and effortless deployment, Bonfyre is used to engage employees dynamically, irrespective of location. “Once Bonfyre is launched, HR teams quickly improve communication and generate real-time analytics to measure engagement,” says Chris Dornfeld, Co-Founder and President, Bonfyre.

Once the app is deployed, HR teams can improve communication and can conduct analytics to measure employee engagement


Many times, the “Oh, now I get it!” moment for what employee engagement can mean for a company happens during an event. With Bonfyre in hand, companies build engagement leading up to, during and, most importantly, weeks and months following the event. “It’s an easy way to start.” said Sawyier. “Once a client leverages the power of Bonfyre for an event, employees enjoy the experience so much that they continue to use the app, making their work lives more productive and pleasurable. And when employees feel engaged, stress decreases, cognition improves, and they become more productive.”

Alongside leading companies like Marriott and Enterprise, Bonfyre has helped many clients increase employee engagement. Recently, Commerce Bank, a longstanding financial services company, partnered with Bonfyre to celebrate its 150th year in business. With offices located from Illinois to Colorado, employees united in a virtual, festive setting to share stories, post team photos and movies, express pride in community service accomplishments and much more. With employees of all ages participating, camaraderie and engagement were at an all time high!

What does the future hold for Bonfyre?

Work has begun toward building tools to further increase employee engagement and participation. Moreover, Bonfyre is developing new search capabilities that allow employees to quickly connect with other employees or information needed to work faster and smarter. Finally, Bonfyre will soon launch its enterprise-wide data visualization tools that aim to deliver insights from data collected on the app. This intelligence will give clients the information needed to make important decisions. “We are disciplined in our focus to help our clients engage their employees in innovative ways,” concludes Sawyier.

Source: (1) Deloitte, “Culture in the Workplace”

88 percent of employees rank having engaged and motivated employees as the top factor that substantially contributes to a company’s success. Only 15 percent of employees believe strongly that their culture is widely upheld within their own organizations.