US: Airbnb has announced the creation of a talent directory for those laid off due to the global pandemic.
The company announced last week that it would be releasing around 25 per cent of its staff in order to survive and outlast the pandemic.
The directory is one of many measures that CEO Brian Chesky announced in a staff letter detailing the layoffs. The platform allows former employees to upload their CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and work samples for other employers to see.
Airbnb has also committed to repurposing much of its recruitment team into an “Alumni placement team.” Their role will help those departing employees find their next job and provide additional career support.
The company is also allowing former employees to keep their company issued Apple laptops and adding in additional career services consultation with RiseSmart. They have also introduced an alumni support system on an opt in basis.
In his letter, CEO Brian Chesky said: “The world will never stop seeking the qualities and talents that you brought to Airbnb…that helped make Airbnb. I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing them with us.”
The company will also provide a comprehensive severance package for those affected by the layoffs. This includes a minimum 14 weeks of base pay in the US, with a reduction in the base time required at the company for equity and continuing healthcare coverage through the company.
Those still employed by the company will be reconfigured into new roles, such as the recruiting team above. This will support the company’s narrowing scope and general restructuring in response to the changing landscape of travel.
Airbnb is one of many travel companies forced to lay off many due to the crisis. OYO has announced a possibility of layoffs for most of its UK and US staff, while vacation rental management platform Vacasa announced large scale layoffs during the beginning of the crisis in March.
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