September 26, 2022
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Infosys Warns Employees Against Moonlighting, Says It Could Lead To Termination

Employees at Infosys have been cautioned not to moonlight. According to the employees’ code of conduct, moonlighting is not permitted, and any infringement might result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment, the human resource department stated in an email issued to the staff.

According to the news source, the email was sent with the subject line “No two-timing, no moonlighting.” This comes after Wipro Chairman Azim Premji referred to the practise as cheating one month prior. Employees may moonlight if they meet specific requirements and take on additional work outside of their primary job’s regular business hours.

Employees are not permitted to accept other jobs during or after business hours, according to a statement Infosys sent to staff on Monday. According to the Times of India story, the corporation also stated that it “strictly forbids multiple employment.”

According to the Infosys email obtained by Times of India, “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 organization/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 The consent may be given subject to any terms and conditions that the company may think fit and may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the company.

When workers were permitted to labour from remote locations during the COVID-19 epidemic, concerns about moonlighting surfaced. Many businesses learned that their staff were exploiting the remote working option to simultaneously work on projects for other clients, notably in the information technology sector.

A second job on top of one’s main job is “plain and straightforward” dishonesty, according to Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, who declared this last month. The companies claimed it will reduce productivity, lead to conflicts of interest, and even result in data breaches. According to Mr. Premji, “There is a lot of talk about people moonlighting in the tech industry. This is cheating, plain and simple.”

However, the first business in India to openly promote moonlighting is food delivery service Swiggy. In August, it even introduced an industry-first “Moonlighting policy” that encourages staff members to take on additional employment under certain conditions in order to maintain their financial stability. Swiggy made it clear that the goal was to enable professionals to focus on side projects and charitable endeavours rather than to interfere with the company’s economic interests.

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