BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International recently released an update to the company’s global workforce on the continuing impact of COVID-19 on its business.
On May 27, the company informed its employees it will need to implement additional measures in light of the increasing likelihood that it will be some time before lodging demand and RevPAR levels recover. Specifically, the company informed above-property employees in the U.S. that furloughs and reduced-work-week schedules, which began in April, will be extended through October 2, 2020.
Marriott is also rolling out a voluntary transition program for on-property and above-property employees in the U.S. who may choose to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Similar voluntary programs are being considered in other parts of the world.
Given the company’s expectation that prior levels of business will not return until beyond 2021, the company anticipates a significant number of above-property position eliminations later this year. The company indicated it is currently unable to predict how many jobs will be affected.