Oberoi Delhi shuts for renovation

The hotel staff has been shifted to new properties

MUMBAI:   While the decision to shut the 51-year old iconic Delhi property was a big one for the Oberoi Group, an equally herculean task was to accommodate the property’s over 400-member workforce within the chain, without causing much anxiety in the workforce, or triggering an exodus of sorts.

Oberoi Group has launched a Rs 325-crore renovation of its 283-room hotel on Delhi’s Zakir Hussain Marg, the planning for which started two years back, reports  The Economic Times. The property commenced renovation on April 1 this year, and the hotel will be shut for two years.

“It’s the first time in the group that we had to plan this kind of transition or change. We were very clear, as far as internal stakeholders are concerned, that we will create an opportunity for each and every employee who would want to continue to work with us. We will definitely not ask anybody to go,” said KS Bakshi, executive vice president, human resources, The Oberoi Group.

As for the property’s current employees, Bakshi said majority of its associates will be accommodated in its three new upcoming properties in Morocco, the UAE and Chandigarh. The manpower planning started in 2015-16, when the group slowed down its external hiring and campus recruitments, as well as started mapping the current employees to place them within the different properties of the group.

Of the 400 employees of the Delhi property, many of whom have worked there for decades, 100 will take up new positions at the group’s two new hotels overseas, while the rest have been placed in domestic properties.

“There are few people who had location constraints and wanted to stay back in Delhi. For those who wanted to be in Delhi and those we could not fit in our Delhi or Gurgaon properties due to not many options, we reached out to other hotels informally and managed to place them them there,” said Bakshi, adding that around 30 employees have quit the company.


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