Walmart-owned online firm Flipkart has assured its employees that the company will not slash salaries and there would be no lay-offs and all job offers including internships will be honoured even as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the businesses in the country and worldwide.
Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy gave an assurance to its employees that the company is ‘financially healthy’ and that there is no cause to worry.
According to sources, Krishnamurthy assured staff that the company remains committed to its employees, vendors and seller-partners.
“A crisis is a great time to show your statesmanship, commitment and character. We are honouring all commitments, campus placements and also looking at innovative ways of virtual inductions and onboarding,” he said.
Krishnamurthy told them that the key is for all employees to remain safe and healthy and urged them to be more responsible. “Don’t be opportunistic. Don’t short-change your partners and vendors. This is the time to contribute to nation-building,” he added.
Flipkart has incurred heavy losses and the business has been severely hit by the lockdown since its top-selling categories including smartphones, electronic and large appliances became unavailable even as its grocery platform Supermart is taking orders.
Also, its fashion portal Myntra has temporarily suspended services during the 21-day shutdown.
Flipkart had to temporarily suspend operations last week since the local authorities were shutting down warehouses and stopping trucks from crossing state borders disrupting operations by e-commerce players.
The firm later resumed services the same day after assurance of safe passage of its supply chain and delivery executives by local law enforcement authorities.
India has supposedly entered Stage-3 of the outbreak which is expected to further affect the business in the coming days.