Ola to Lay Off Employees in Pre-IPO Streamlining

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In a bid to streamline its business towards profitability, Ola has decided to rework on governance and compliance processes by restructuring and redesigning the company. To start off, the company will lay off 5-8% staff, accounting to around 350 employees, of the total 4,500, according to sources close to the company.

Ola’s CFO Harish Abhichandani, in an email to the employees, said that as a business, the company needs to sharpen its focus on metrics like revenue, growth and profitability. He added, “We also need to refresh the way we run our daily operations – processes, people, productivity. Hence, a redesign of our organization and processes is the need of the hour. The email was accessed by ET.

Sources within Ola told us the company is optimistic about cutting down losses further and aims to go public in the next 18-24 months. For this, the company is looking to lay off up to 8% of its 4500+ employees, the source told us. Further, many more employees will be transitioned to other parts of Ola’s empire — Ola Electric, Ola Foods, Ola Financial Services etc, the source added.

In a statement to ET, Ola added that it is redesigning the organisation to build a structure that strengthens and leverages faster decision making in the organisation, in addition, helps Ola make the best out of its local and global scale.

Apart from this, Ola is also reportedly planning to separate its financial services vertical, Ola Money, and setting it up as an individual identity. The move will allow Ola Money to pick up separate funding and easily take on other digital payments platform Paytm, PhonePe, Amazon Pay and Google Pay.

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