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‘Moonlighting’: Wipro fires 300 employees for simultaneously working with competitorsMEERI News

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Wipro has fired 300 of its employees to work for one of its competitors at the same time.

Speaking at an AIMA event, WIPRO chairman Rishad Premji said that Premji, who has been a critic of chandrama (the practice of techies taking on side gigs to do more than one job at a time), made it clear that the company has this There is no place for Employees who, while working with Wipro, chose to work directly for rivals at the same time.

Wipro’s top boss later said that in those particular cases of infringement, action was taken by terminating their services.

“The reality is that today there are people working for Wipro and working directly for one of our competitors and we have found 300 people in the last few months who are doing exactly that,” Premji said. termed it a “complete breach of integrity”. the deepest form”.

The issue of ‘moonlighting’ has emerged as a major talking point in the IT industry ever since Premji flagged the issue as tantamount to “fraud” in a tweet. Premji recently took to Twitter to highlight the issue: “There is a lot of nonsense in the tech industry about giving people the moon. It’s fraud – plain and simple.” Premji’s tweet had sparked a strong response within the industry, with several IT companies raising their vigilance against such practices. Infosys, last week, released a missive to its employees, saying, stressed that dual employment or ‘moonlighting’ is not permitted, and warned that any breach of contract clauses would trigger disciplinary action “which may include termination of employment”.

“No two-times—no moon!” India’s second-largest IT services company Infosys said in a firm message to employees last week.

Infosys’ internal communication titled “No Double Life” clarified that dual employment is not permitted as per the “…employee handbook and code of conduct”.

It also referred to the relevant clause in the offer letter to drive the point home.

“Any violation of these clauses will lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment,” Infosys’ mail said.

IBM India also joined the chorus on moonlighting, calling it an unethical practice.

Sandeep Patel, IBM’s managing director for India and South Asia, reasoned that upon joining, company employees sign an agreement that they will work only for IBM. “…regardless of what people might do in their spare time, it is not morally right to do so (moonlighting),” Patel had said.

However, not everyone agreed.

Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani recently tweeted that it’s important to keep changing with the times and said, “I welcome disruption in the way we work”.

On Wednesday, Premji, while speaking at the AIMA (All India Management Association) National Management Convention, sought to clear the air about why he took a strong stand on the Moon issue, saying that his opinion was “recognised by the people. It was more honestly than explained”.

Premji said he stood by his recent comments on Chandrama being a complete breach of integrity “in its deepest form”, and cited instances where 300 employees were found to be working simultaneously for Wipro and its competitors. were

When asked about the action taken against employees working for the company as well as opponents, Premji said at the time of the incident that his employment was terminated due to “breach of integrity”.

The definition of the moon itself is about secretly doing another thing. As part of transparency, individuals can have candid and open conversations around playing in a band or “working on a project on the weekend,” he explained.

“It’s an open conversation about which the organization and the individual can make a concrete choice, whether it works for them or doesn’t work for them as an organization,” he said.

Premji tried to distinguish such cases from those where employees secretly worked for competitors as well, saying: “There is no place for anyone to work for Wipro and competitor XYZ and if they take the same position They will feel the same way if they find out.” “That’s what I meant… so I stand by what I said… I think it’s a breach of integrity if you’re mooning in that shape and form,” Premji said. .

With the vexing issue now in the spotlight, some industry watchers are cautioning that employers may want to consider additional safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially where employees are working remotely. Companies, analysts have said, may also tighten exclusivity clauses in employment contracts.

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