Action against moonlighting can ruin a career: TCS COO
Says need to show empathy, while dealing with the issue
Mumbai: Action against moonlighting can ruin a person's career and hence, it is important to show empathy, while dealing with the issue, a top official from TCS has said.
Nothing prevents the India's biggest IT services exporter from taking action against employees for moonlighting, when it has evidence because it is a part of the service agreement, but young kids will have to be dissuaded, the company's chief operating officer (COO) N Ganapathy Subramaniam said.
"The consequences (of taking action) will be that the person's career will be ruined. Background check for the next future job will fail for him. We have to show some empathy," Subramaniam said. He said the company looks at an employee like being a part of the family and given the consequences of any action, would rather focus on dissuading the family member from going astray. It can be noted that in the past few months, amid increased demand for talent, moonlighting or side hustles have come to the fore in the over $220 billion industry. Many like TCS have flagged concerns around it, some like Wipro have also suspended 300 staffers, while a few like Tech Mahindra have said they are fine with it.
Subramaniam said that some IT companies work on a model where they are ok with freelancers, but companies like TCS, which work with top global corporations, can't let such an activity like moonlighting continue because the data of the customer has to be safe.
"At a young age, we don't want to see them penalised, violating the value systems," said the COO of the company which has over 6 lakh employees on its rolls and has hired 1.35 lakh freshers in the last 18 months.
The company has a long-term commitment towards its employees, Subramaniam said, stressing that it is mutual and reciprocal in nature.
The consequences (of taking action) will be that the person's career will be ruined. Background check for the next future job will fail for him. We have to show some empathy, say N Ganapathy Subramaniam