Global tech major IBM, which employs over one lakh persons in India, on Wednesday termed moonlighting as an unethical practice. Moonlighting, the practice of taking secondary jobs after regular working hours, has been highlighted by many tech companies of late.
At the time of joining, the company’s employees sign an agreement that they will work only for IBM, said Sandeep Patel, IBM’s managing director for India and South Asia.
“Despite what people can do in their remaining time, it is not morally right to do (Chandni),” Patel told reporters on the sidelines of a company event.
Tech players in India are expressing different opinions on Chandni or side hustle, where an employee does some other work for extra income.
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji had termed such behavior of employees as ‘cheating’.
Patel said, “You know Rishad’s position on this, don’t you? I share Rishad’s position.”
When asked about the company’s recruitment plans for India, which plays an important role both as a talent base and as a market for the company, Patel said that during the pandemic the migration of employees to their hometowns is completely and hence, the IT industry has adopted a hybrid model of working.
Describing Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities as ’emerging clusters’, Patel said the company plans to deepen its presence in the country.
IBM India recently inaugurated a delivery center in Mysore and also has offices in Kolkata and NCR.
Meanwhile, the company announced that it has tied up with Airtel to offer its secure edge cloud services to the telco.
The Airtel platform, supported by IBM Cloud Satellite, will drive Maruti Suzuki’s initiatives to streamline productivity and quality operations, an IBM statement said.
The program was also addressed by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajiv Chandrashekhar.
He told the audience that since the launch of the Digital India initiative, the country has progressed and re-imagined its ambitions in a post-COVID world.
(input from agencies)