After Infosys and Wipro on Moonlighting, TCS also tightens, said - Employee's career will be ruined

Pankaj Prasad
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services

When an employee does any work independently other than his regular job, it is technically called 'moonlighting'.

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TCS On Moonlighting: After Infosys and Wipro, now Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has also come out against Moonlighting. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Chief Operating Officer (COO) N Ganapathy Subramaniam has said that action against an employee for 'moonlighting' i.e. working with a job for another organization can ruin his/her career and the issue has been resolved. It's important to show empathy when dealing.

When an employee does any work independently other than his regular job, it is technically called 'moonlighting'. Amidst the debate over 'moonlighting', Subramaniam said that no one can stop the company from taking action against the employees on moonlighting. He said the action is a part of the service agreement but young employees have to stop it.

Subramaniam said, the consequence of taking action would be that the career of the employee would be over. This way the employee will fail the background check for the next job in future. So we have to show some sympathy. He said the company treats an employee as part of the family and will focus on preventing the family member from wandering off, considering the consequences of any action.

It is noteworthy that in the last few months, amidst the increasing demand for talent, there have been cases of catching jobs along with other jobs in the IT industry worth more than $ 220 billion. Many companies like TCS have expressed concern about this while Wipro has also suspended 300 employees. At the same time, companies like Tech Mahindra have shown a soft stance on 'moonlighting'.

The TCS COO said that some IT companies work on a model where 'freelancing' of employees is okay. But companies like TCS cannot allow activities like moonlighting to continue as customer data must be protected.