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    On Applauz, each program participant is assigned a "Role."

    By default, Applauz has three predefined Roles: Administrator, Manager, and Employee. You can also create custom Roles for your program, but more on that later.

    Roles control what program participants can do within the program. But Applauz allows for a lot of flexibility. Even the default Roles can be modified by the program Administrator.

    Assigning Roles is necessary because it dictates which actions, otherwise known as permissions, a user is capable of performing.

    In this article, you will learn how to manage Roles and the associated Permissions. You will also learn how to classify participants into Departments and Teams.

    Learning how to organize participants is essential because it allows for more efficient management of your program.

    Feel free to jump to the section that is most relevant to you.

    What we'll cover:

    Basics: Default Permissions for Each Role

    1. Administrators: are the primary people who administrate the company's program. All Permissions for this Role are turned on. 
    2. Managers: are program participants who are selected by the Administrator to help with the company's day-to-day recognition efforts. They have access to various program management features by default. 
    3. Employees: are program participants added to the platform by the program Administrator or Manager. Employees have limited access, but this can be modified by the Administrator.

    Note: You don’t have to be an Administrator at your company to be the Administrator of your Applauz program. Likewise, anyone can be designated as an Applauz “Manager,” regardless of their official title at your organization.

    Actions common to all Roles

    On the Newsfeed, ALL Applauz users can:

    • Publish a post
    • React to a post
    • Comment on a post
    • Recognize another participant (peer-to-peer recognition)
    • Create a Company Poll
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    Administrators have the highest level of permissions. By default, they can perform most actions on the platform with the exception of purchasing license.

    By default, the Applauz Program Administrator can:

    Program Managers

    Managers are the people tasked with ensuring employees are active on the platform. The Manager Role on Applauz is often assigned to actual company managers. In short, it closely matches with the company's org chart.

    By default Managers have permissions similar to the Administrator except they cannot:

    • Edit an employee's shipping address
    • Buy Applauz Points and distribute Recognition Allowances
    • Create and manage Roles
    • Buy licences


    Employees use Applauz to bond with coworkers, recognize their achievements, and engage with coworkers via the company Newsfeed.

    By default, all employees can:

    • Publish a Newsfeed post
    • React to a Newsfeed post
    • Recognize another participant (Peer-to-Peer Recognition)
    • Create a company Poll
    • Shop the Rewards Marketplace

    Note: For Employees to access additional actions and features the program Administrator must enable these options by managing permissions for that Role.

    Managing Roles

    Again, there are three default participant Roles on Applauz:

    • Administrators
    • Managers
    • Employees

    If you click on the Employees>Roles menu you'll be directed to a page that displays these three default Roles.


    Clicking on any of the cards displays a list of names. These are the participants assigned to that Role. 

    Creating new Roles

    If you wish to add a custom Role (other than the default one's available) you can click on '+New Role' in the top right corner of the application screen.

    You will be asked to give the new Role a name and hit 'Create.' That's it!


    Adding or removing members from a Role

    Normally Roles are assigned upon the initial creation of a new user profile.

    But, you can add/remove program participants from a specific Role anytime. Navigate to Employees>Roles and click on the Role you want to modify.

    This action is useful to add multiple participants to a Role at once.

    When you come to the list, click on the green arrow to add participants to the group, or the red arrows to remove them.

    Remember: Always save changes by clicking on 'Save Users.' 

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    Managing permissions for any Role

    By default, each Role is limited to perform certain actions and access certain features on Applauz, otherwise known as Permissions.

    Naturally, the Administrators have the maximum level of permission. Applauz allows for flexibility, though!

    Administrators can selectively grant Managers and Employees (or any custom Role) access to perform any actions available in the program.

    To edit permission for a Role navigate to Employees>Roles.

    Select the Role you wish to modify. Click on the 'Edit Permissions' tab in the top right. 

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    You'll be directed to a page where you will see all the default permissions that this Role currently has access to.

    The blue toggle buttons indicate a permission is turned on. If the button is grey, it indicates that permission is off.

    To grant access to a specific permission, just click on the grey buttons to toggle them on. Once permission is granted, the button will turn blue.

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    How to Manage Departments

    Departments are set up to mirror your org chart.

    Departments on Applauz should closely resemble how your organization groups its divisions. A "Department Owner" must also be assigned to head the group. 

    Note: Normally, Department Owners occupy the Role of Manager as well. However, any participant (regardless of Role) can be assigned as a Department Owner.

    To access Departments,  navigate to the Employees>Departments. You will be redirected to a page that looks like the image below where you have a global view of all the Departments and the heads assigned to each.


    Creating a new Department

    To add a new Department, simply click on the '+New Department' button in the top right corner. 

    You will be asked to give the Department a name and assign a Department Owner. Hit 'Create' to finalize. That's it!


    Adding/removing members from a Department

    To add/remove participants from a given Department, simply navigate to the menu Employees>Departments.

    Click on the Department you wish to modify. 

    You can add member(s) to Department by clicking on the green arrow and remove them by clicking on the red arrows.

    Remember: always confirm changes by clicking on 'Save Users' at the bottom right.


    How to Manage Teams

    Teams let you further classify your program participants into customized groups.

    Teams can mirror teams in your company; for example, you can create a team for your social committee. Or Teams can allow you to group employees by interests.

    For example, some Applauz administrators have created custom teams based on their employees' interests. Employees can then create Newsfeed posts that only their Team will see.

    Creating custom teams will also allow participants to create Polls or Goals for those specific teams only.

    Teams are similar to Departments, with the main difference being there is no team "Owner."

    The Teams menu can be accessed by navigating to Employees>Teams. This will take you to a page where you can see all the Teams in your program.

    Here is an example of Teams created based on employees' interests.


    Adding a new Team

    To add a new Team, navigate to the Team menu and simply click on the 'New Team' button in the top right corner. 

    Simply give the Team a name and hit 'create' to start a new Team.


    Adding/removing members from a Team

    To add/remove members from a given Team, navigate to Employees>Teams.

    Click on the Team you want to modify. You'll then be redirected to a page that looks like the one below.

    You can add member(s) to a Team by clicking on the green arrow and remove them by clicking on the red arrows.

    Remember: always confirm changes by clicking on 'Save Users' at the bottom right.


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