Livspace lays off 450 employees as lockdown hurts operations
Home design and renovation platform Livspace is laying off 450 people, or 15% of its workforce, as the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant nationwide lockdown hit its business.

“The impact of Covid-19 on our business has been sudden and unpredictable. Hence, it was important that we become a leaner and more focused organization,” said Ramakant Sharma, co-founder and COO at Livspace.

Livspace, which was started by Sharma and Anuj Srivastava in 2015, said the nationwide lockdown restrictions impacted its experience centres and its last-mile operations.

Employees who are being let go will receive one month’s salary along with extra pay of one-four weeks for those who have spent more than three months at the startup, proportional to the duration of their service, Livspace said in a statement. Employees will also have a health cover for the next three months.

“We have extended their medical cover, have offered a monetary package to help them in these times, and we have also set up an outplacement cell,” said Anuj Srivastava, co-founder and CEO at Livspace.

The home design startup said that its founders gave up their annual salary and its leadership team wrote off their annual bonuses in April this year. The company also rolled out success-based variable pay across the board.

“We mapped roles and people to the future course of the business and very carefully identified the ones who will be impacted,” Livspace said in the statement.

With this, Livspace joins a series of internet businesses — including Swiggy, Zomato, Oyo, Cure.fit, Udaan, BlackBuck, Treebo, Acko, Fab Hotels, Meesho, Shuttl, Capillary, Niki.ai, and Fareportal — that have retrenched workers, including temporary staff, in the past few months.

The Bengaluru-based startup has raised about $150 million across multiple rounds from investors like TPG Growth, Goldman Sachs, Jungle Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Helion Ventures.

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