TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Ride-hailing app Gojek on Tuesday announced that it had to layoff 430, or 9 percent, of its total employees as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic that severely hit the economy.
Gojek management explains that the layoff had to be taken following the termination of its non-core services affected by the pandemic. It is also part of a policy to streamline the company's overall structure to optimize sustainable development in the future.
“The journey has become more difficult because we have to say goodbye to 430 coworkers who worked close to use on a daily basis. We also had to close our GoLife services and GoFood Festival - a business that once had a major role in Gojek’s history,” said Gojek Indonesia Co-CEO, Andre Soelistyo, and Kevin Aluwi in an official statement on Tuesday, June 23.
This means that the startup that was founded by Nadiem Makarim will focus its efforts and maximize its human resources for three core services: transportation, food delivery, and electronic payments.
Gojek also apologized to stakeholders regarding the layoff, which company management considers as a very difficult decision.
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