Here’s how Zenefits is trying to reinvent itself


Zenefits had a rough year. The company — previously a darling of Silicon Valley — was rocked by a massive insurance scandal in February and has been fighting to regain the trust of customers and regulators since.

David Sacks, the Yammer cofounder and former Zenefits COO, has been leading the charge after taking over the CEO role in February. The company made its biggest announcement under his tenure Tuesday, unveiling Z2, a redesign and upgrade of its capabilities.

The marquee change of Z2 is a design that brings the app store model popularized by smartphones to the world of human resources. Zenefits’s offerings, like vacation tracking, offer letter generation, and employee insurance, are still available as apps in the new Z2 platform. But now, users will also be able to add third-party integrations from a set of 17 services.¬†

Third-party apps will show up alongside Zenefits features in the company’s product. Those features include an updated benefits purchasing experience, a freshly-released payroll product, and a new HR Advisor to help companies without in-house expertise work through their HR problems.

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