‘Moonlighting’: Wipro sacks 300 employees for working together with competitors Pipa News

‘Moonlighting’: Wipro sacks 300 employees for working together with competitors

Wipro has sacked 300 employees for working together for one of its rivals.

Speaking at an AIMA event, Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji said that Premji who has been an outspoken critic of Chandni Roshni (the practice of technical experts taking side gigs to do more than one job at a time) made this clear. That the company has no room for it. Employees who, while working with Wipro, simultaneously chose to work directly for rivals.

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

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

The issue of ‘Chandni’ has emerged as a major buzzword in the IT industry ever since Premji flagged the issue as a “hoax” in a tweet. Premji recently took to Twitter to highlight the issue: “There’s a lot of bullshit in the tech industry about people shining moonlight. This is hoax – plain and simple.” Premji’s tweet sparked a stir within the industry. had generated strong backlash, with several IT companies defending themselves over such practices.Infosys last week sent out a message to its employees, emphasizing that dual employment or ‘moonlight’ is not allowed, and warned That any breach of contract will initiate disciplinary action “which may also lead to termination of employment”.

“No two times – no moonlight!” India’s second largest IT services company Infosys had last week said in a stern message to employees.

Infosys’ internal communication, titled “No Double Life”, had made it clear that “dual employment is not allowed… as per employee handbook and code of conduct”.

It also cited relevant clauses in the offer letter to take the matter home.

“Any violation of these clauses will attract disciplinary action, which may also result in termination of employment,” the Infosys mail said.

IBM India also joined the chorus on moonlight and termed it as an unethical practice.

IBM’s managing director for India and South Asia, Sandeep Patel, argued that at the time of joining, the company’s employees sign an agreement that they would only work for IBM. Patel had said, “…even if people can do what they can in their rest time, it is not morally right to do so (Chandni).”

However not everyone agreed.

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

On Wednesday, Premji, speaking at the National Management Conference of the AIMA (All India Management Association), sought to clear the air around why he took a strong position on the issue of Chandni, saying that his opinion “people was more honest than the explanation”.

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

When asked about the action taken against employees working together for the company as well as rivals, Premji later said that his employment was terminated for “acts of breach of integrity”.

The definition of moonlighting is about doing another job in secret. As part of the transparency, individuals can have candid and open conversations, e.g., playing in a band or “working on a project over the weekend”, he explained.

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

Premji tried to separate such cases from cases where employees also secretly worked for competitors, adding: “There is no place for anyone to work for Wipro and competitor XYZ and if they are a If they discover the same situation, they will feel the same way.” Premji said, “That’s what I meant… so I stand by what I said. I think if you are giving moonlight in that shape and form then it is a violation of integrity.”

Now with the headlines, some industry watchers are cautioning that employers may consider additional safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially where employees are working remotely. Analysts say companies may also tighten the terms of exclusivity in employment contracts.

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