SD Worx takes a majority stake in huapii and expands its talent management offering
March 29, 2022
The leading European Payroll and HR service provider SD Worx is taking a majority stake in the Belgian company, huapii. Huapii offers a talent platform that gives employees ownership of their career through skill and performance management. This way, SD Worx is strengthening its talent management offering, while huapii is being given a springboard to break through internationally.
The war for talent is raging. More than ever, companies are looking for solutions in order to stimulate and monitor the development of the skills and competences of their employees. Huapii believes that organisations should be an environment where employees can develop and grow. By mapping out all the skills of the employees, they improve internal mobility and collaboration. They also facilitate the dialogue between managers and employees through continuous performance management and an open feedback culture. Huapii currently has eleven employees and an office in Brussels. It has, among others, Accent Jobs, DPG Media, Nipro and Telenet as its customers. In addition to a digital platform, huapii offers its customers related consulting services to help develop talent.
“We were looking for a partner who could help us with our international growth,” says Bruce Fecheyr-Lippens, one of the founders of huapii. "We shall start out by focusing on the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, after which we would also like to start up quickly in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Through SD Worx’s participation, we can achieve this growth. Secondly, we definitely wish to maintain our high customer satisfaction. Our most important indicator is “are you happy”. We believe that, together with SD Worx, we shall be able to support our current and future customers to an even greater extent. The fact that we can retain our individuality and, at the same time, be able to surf on SD Worx’s international success story gives us a lot of confidence and enthusiasm to do business."
"Today, we offer our customers a complete HR offering that allows them to manage all the steps in their employees’ careers. With the majority stakeholding in huapii, we are now strengthening our talent management offering. We already had classic performance management tools and ERP solutions for talent, but with huapii’s software we go one step further and offer our customers a user-friendly application that gives their employees every opportunity to thrive. This is more relevant than ever in the war for talent", says Kobe Verdonck, CEO of SD Worx.
Huapii won the HR Excellence Award in the Best Employee Engagement & Rewards Company category two weeks ago. The amount SD Worx is investing in huapii will not be disclosed.
Huapii was founded in 2019 by Kristof Stevens, Bruce Fecheyr-Lippens & Alice Tranchant. Tim De Troch joined the team in 2021 as CEO. Huapii is the talent platform that helps employees grow within their careers and helps organisations recruit, retain and develop talent. That is why the platform is aimed at skill-based organisations, where feedback is a habit and objectives are part of an ongoing conversation between employees and managers. Our viral change management approach helps to get employees on board quickly and provides HR with unique people insights so they can make the right strategic decisions for their talents.