Wipro moonlights: Wipro fires 300 staff found guilty of moonlighting for competitors

Wipro terminated the services of 300 staff members who it said worked for its competitors while still on the company’s payroll, the company’s executive chairman Rishad Premji said Wednesday.

“It’s very simple. It’s an act of breach of integrity. We have terminated the services of these people,” Premji replied to a question from ET on the sidelines of the 49th All India Management convention. Association.

Illegal work refers to pursuing more than one job at a time and remote working has helped employees embrace this option. Technology and software companies in India are divided on whether to allow their employees to moonlight for other companies while or not on their payroll.

While food delivery companies such as
Swiggy has announced an “industry first” policy allowing paid employees to undertake work or projects outside of their regular employment, others such as
Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani said he has no objection to employees taking side jobs.

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On Wednesday, Premji also said that although he received criticism for his comments on moonlighting, he stood by his comments and opinions on the matter.
Premji was one of the first IT managers to raise the issue of moonlighting.

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“If you look at the definition of moonlighting, it’s having a second job in secret. As part of the transparency, individuals and organizations can have very candid conversations about whether they want to play a band in the evening or working on a project on the weekend. It’s an open conversation where two adults, the organization and the individual can decide whether or not it’s working for them,” Premji said.

The reality, he said, was that employees working for Wipro were also working directly for the company’s competitors, and that was a “total breach of integrity in its deepest form.”

“There is no place for someone to work for Wipro and its competitor x, y or z. They (the competing companies) would feel exactly the same if they found out. So I stand by what I I said, it is a breach of integrity if an employee moonlights in any way,” Premji said.

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