Benefex announces acquisition of Wrkit

Benefex + Wrkit

After a year of exceptional growth, today Benefex (a Zellis company) has acquired the employee engagement, wellbeing and discounts platform, Wrkit.

10th January 2022, LONDON – Benefex is acquiring Wrkit and its entire product set including employee discounts, wellbeing, recognition and communication tools which combine to support employees both in and out of work. The Wrkit teams in Ireland, the UK and Australia will join Benefex as part the acquisition.

The Wrkit product supports over half a million employees across 300 organisations. Having built the market-leading offering in Ireland, the business has experienced significant growth in the UK and globally over the last few years. The pandemic has further driven demand from employers focused on helping their employees’ money go further, looking after their wellbeing and engaging them in a more remote working environment.  

On announcing the deal, Adam Mason, Global VP at Benefex, who led the transaction said, “This is an exciting acquisition for Benefex. Having successfully integrated the Capita employee benefits business in the last 12 months, the Zellis Group continues to invest heavily to help us build out our world class product suite. OneHub has a huge role to play in supporting organisations to deliver their people strategy in the new world of work.”

Benefex Founder & CEO Matt Macri-Waller said “Having worked in partnership with Wrkit over the last few years, we have seen the passion and customer focus of every person in the business. Bringing the entire Wrkit team and product into our business further supports our mission to help every employee have an exceptional experience, every day. By adding an employee discount offering, a behavioural-science-led wellbeing platform and new communications tools to the OneHub product suite, we can help every customer solve more of their employee engagement challenges than ever before.”

Peter Jenkinson, Founder and CEO at Wrkit, commented, “To date, Wrkit and Benefex have developed a market leading partnership. We are now deployed with over 50 Benefex customers. The combined Benefex/Wrkit offering will enhance the already world class OneHub suite, creating the opportunity for new and exciting tools and, we believe, serve Benefex customers with our best-in-market Employee Discounts, Wellbeing, Move and Learning products. This is the culmination of an exciting first chapter for the Wrkit team but  the start of an even more exciting one with Benefex.

Macri-Waller added, “Our customers’ roles in their organisations continue to expand. Increasing demands are being placed on them each year. This acquisition reinforces our commitment to continue to invest in products and innovations that help our customers solve their largest people challenges.

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About Benefex

Benefex is the company behind OneHub, the award-winning employee experience platform. Supporting the employee benefits, recognition and communication for over 1.5 million employees in 650 organisations across 70 countries, Benefex’s OneHub platform is transforming how people experience work every day.

Benefex has won over 50 awards for delivering consumer-grade employee experiences to global organisations including AstraZeneca, Bank of America, BT, Centrica, Capita, Diageo, EDF, Just Eat, Liberty Global, Ocado, Philips, Salesforce and Snowflake.

Find out more at www.hellobenefex.com

About Wrkit

Wrkit through its proprietary technology, delivers learning, wellbeing, recognition and lifestyle savings options which combine to support employees both in and out of work. The Wrkit platform is trusted by over 300 organisations, supporting the provision of core elements of their people strategy.

Across Wrkit’s customer base, it provides access to its modules to over 500,000 employees, which includes brands such as Bank of Ireland, Coca Cola, Deloitte, Hays, IBM, KPMG, Oracle and Vodafone.

About Zellis Group

Zellis Group is the leading provider of payroll and HR software, managed services, and benefits management for companies of every size across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The group comprises three businesses: Zellis, the largest provider of payroll and core HR software and services for businesses with more than 1000 employees; Moorepay, which provides payroll and HCM software and services for SMBs with 50 to 1000 employees, and Benefex, which through its platform OneHub, supports all organisations with employee benefits, recognition and communications. Zellis is a privately owned company with over two thousand employees in the UK, Republic of Ireland and India.

Press Release: Wrkit certified as Healthy Place to Work

Wrkit recognised as trail blazer for their healthy workplace approach

Dublin Tuesday 11th September 2018: Wrkit employee engagement and retention specialists have been officially certified as a healthy place to work. The accreditation came following their participation in the Healthy Place to Work pilot programme in December 2017.

Formally launching later this year, the new global standard for healthy workplaces has a central focus of recognising organisations who are leading the way in creating healthy environments for their employees.

Speaking on the programme objectives, Healthy Place to Work Executive, Fania Stone has said “the healthy environment is measured through the levels of purpose, mental resilience, connections and the focus on physical health found in the workplace, as well as by looking at how health is embedded into the strategy of the business.’

Just five organisations from the pilot received the accreditation, among them were the IRFU and Leinster Rugby.

In response to receiving the certification, Wrkit CEO Katharina Callaghan has commented, “the Wrkit mission is to cultivate healthy habits in work and life. That commitment has always been to our workforce, and to our clients. We embrace collaboration and smart working practices, always striving to empower each employee to shape their own roles and use their skills. Participating in this programme has validated our own approach, we’ve gained some new insights and will leverage these in shaping our own long-term business strategy”.

For references:

Sara Glynn, Marketing and Client Engagement Manager

Email: Sara.glynn@wrkit.com Tel: +353 1 662 4170 (Dublin)

 

PRESS RELEASE: Employee Engagement Specialist Wrkit Appoints Katharina Callaghan as Chief Executive Officer

Board appointments include Fergus Redahan as Executive Chairman and Jonathan O’Connell as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

Dublin – Monday, 15th Jan 2018: Wrkit, the employee engagement and retention specialist, has announced a number of senior board and management appointments. Katharina Callaghan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. A German national, Katharina has previously held leadership positions with Google, Living Social, TUI Travel and Lidl.

The Wrkit board has also been strengthened with the appointments of Fergus Redahan (formerly with Goodbody, Davy and the IDA) as Executive Chairman and Jonathan O’Connell (formerly of POWR, Escher Group, Merrion Pharmaceuticals, Spectel and Trinity Biotech) to the role of Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. The board also includes the company’s three founders Peter Jenkinson, Mark Jenkinson and Tom O’Driscoll in Director roles.

Originally established as the Loyalty Benefit provider Groupschemes in 2000, the company evolved into Wrkit in May 2017 with the merger of Groupschemes and POWR, the online wellbeing portal. Wrkit’s online platform complements employers’ efforts to create  best-in-class work environments by providing online tools that facilitate and engage workforces through surveys, recognition, wellbeing, learning and voluntary benefit schemes.

Wrkit has offices in Dublin, London and Boston and its clients include Bank of Ireland, Benefex, Core Media, Doyle Collection, ESB, Fedex, Peter Mark, SAP and Savills.

Commenting on Wrkit’s objectives for 2018, Katharina said: “Having invested in the expansion of our offering over the last two years, our main focus now is to demonstrate to companies how we can help them to nurture their talent and grow company productivity by leveraging the tools and insights gained from the Wrkit platform. The best results are achieved through a highly collaborative approach between us and the client by enhancing existing workplace culture and engagement efforts.”

For reference:

Conor Dempsey, Dempsey Corporate

Tel: 086-247 9892/ E-mail: conor.dempsey@dempseycorporate.com

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photo of Katharina Callaghan, CEO of Wrkit available through link below:

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