Wipro chairman Rishad Premji said the service had been terminated in specific breaches.

New Delhi:

Wipro Ltd has sacked around 300 for “part-time jobs” as the IT services firm stepped up its stance against employees taking second jobs after hours.

Its chairman Rishad Premji, who has been an outspoken critic of part-time jobs, said the would not allow any employee who chose to directly with a competitor on Wipro’s payroll.

He told an AIMA event that part-time work was “a complete breach of integrity at the deepest level”.

“The reality is that today are people who work for Wipro and work directly for one of our competitors, and over the past few months we’ve actually found 300 people doing exactly that,” Mr. Premji said.

Later, when asked about the action taken against 300 employees, he said service had been terminated in specific violations.

IT are concerned that employees taking second jobs after regular working hours will impact productivity, lead to conflicts of interest and potential data breaches.

Mr. Premji has been an outspoken critic of it, recently equating it with “cheating”.

Last month, he tweeted: “There’s been a lot of gossip about people working part-time in tech. It’s cheating – plain and simple.” His tweet sparked a backlash in the industry, with many IT companies raising eyebrows. Be wary of this approach.

Infosys sent a letter to its employees last emphasizing that dual employment is not allowed and that any breach of the terms of the contract would result in disciplinary action “and possibly even dismissal”.

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“No double-timers – no part-time jobs!” Infosys, ’s second-largest IT services company, sent a strong and firm message to employees last week.

Infosys’ internal communication titled “No Double Living” makes it clear that “dual employment is not permitted according to the R0; employee handbook and code of ”.

It also cites the relevant clause in the offer letter to underscore this point.

“Any violation of terms will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal,” the Infosys said.

IBM India has also joined the ranks of part-timers, calling it an unethical practice.

Sandip Patel, IBM’s managing director for India and South Asia, had reasoned that when joining, the company’s employees signed an agreement that they would only work for IBM. “…Despite what people can do with the rest of their time, it is not morally correct to do so (part-time),” Patel said.

Not everyone agrees, however.

Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani recently tweeted about the need to keep up with the times, adding: “I welcome disruption in the way we work”.

Speaking at the AIMA (All India Management Association) National Management Congress on Wednesday, Mr Premji sought to clarify why he was taking a tough stance on part-time jobs, saying his views “more sincerely mean people interpret them as” .

Mr Premji said he backed his recent comments that part-time jobs were the “deepest” breach of integrity, citing the example of 300 employees who were caught working for both Wipro and its competitors.

Asked about the action against employees who work for both the company and a competitor, Mr Premji said later on the sidelines of the event that their jobs had been terminated for “conduct against integrity”.

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The definition of a part-time job is, in itself, secretly doing another job. He explained that as part of transparency, individuals can have candid and open conversations about, for example, playing in a band or “working on a project over the weekend.”

“It’s an open conversation where organizations and individuals can make choices whether that works for them or doesn’t work for them as an organization,” he said.

Mr Premji sought to distinguish such cases from those in which employees secretly worked for a competitor, saying: “No one can work for Wipro and competitor XYZ, and if they find the same, they will feel exactly the same. .”

“That’s what I meanR0;so I stand by what I say…I do think that if you work part-time in this form and form, it’s a violation of integrity,” Mr Premji said. Say.

With the vexing issue now in focus, some industry watchers have been warning that employers may consider additional safeguards to protect proprietary information and operating models, especially if employees are working remotely. Companies may also become tougher on exclusivity clauses in employment contracts, analysts said.

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