Infosys cracks down on moonlighting by employees

Infosys has stressed that working more than one job while being an employee of the company is strictly against the rules

Moonlighting, or employees taking up side jobs to work multiple jobs, has been termed bane by technology giant Infosys. With word that employees have been resorting to moonlighting spread across the tech employment domain, Infosys has come out against the practice, saying that such behaviour from staffers could lead to termination.

Infosys has stressed that working more than one job while being an employee of the company is strictly against the employment rules stipulated by the management. The company has internally made it known that dual employment will not be permitted as it is against the Infosys code of conduct.

No Two-Timing – No Moonlighting, stresses Infosys

It may be noted here that another tech major Wipro had earlier cracked a whip on its employees who had resorted to work other jobs alongside their Wipro employment. Infosys has shot off a mail to all its staffers with a warning that moonlighting could result in termination of contract. A report quoted the letter from the Infy HR department as stressing thus: No Two-Timing – No Moonlighting.

If an employee is found to be working on a second job during or outside of regular business hours, it is sure that the company would initiate strict action. As per the company’s employee handbook, dual employment is not permitted. The HR department has added that while it serves offer letters to new recruits, it has made it a point to mention that the employee cannot take full-time or part-time employment at any organisation without the consent of Infosys.

Internal mail takes a tough stance

A report quoted the internal mail sent off to all employees, as saying, “at Infosys, dual employment is not permitted as per the employee handbook and the code of conduct. As clearly stated in your offer letter, you agree not to take employment, whether full-time or part-time as director/ partner/ member/ employee of any other organisation/ entity engaged in any form of business activity without the consent of Infosys. The consent may be given subject to any terms and conditions that the company may think fit and may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the company.”

Moonlighting has got a good amount of prominence among many employees after remote work became a practice, owing to the Covid-19 situation. Remote work and work from home practices have made it easier for tech staffers to land second jobs without the knowledge or consent of the employers.

The Infosys HR department believes that such a practice could result in major challenges to the company’s business as it could prove bad on productivity, job performance, risk of data and confidential information leakage.

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