HR Sets 10am Deadline for Techie to Quit; Anand Mahindra Apologises
Tech Mahindra top brass also apologised after an audio clip went viral, which purportedly involved a conversation of an HR executive of the company asking an employee to put in his papers by next morning
File photo of Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra. (Reuters)
New Delhi: Mahindra Group’s Chairman Anand Mahindra on Friday tendered a public apology over the manner in which an employee of Tech Mahindra was asked to quit, PTI reported.
Tech Mahindra top brass also apologised after an audio clip went viral, which purportedly involved a conversation of an HR executive of the company asking an employee to put in his papers by next morning, as part of corporate decision.
In the audio clip, a copy of which was accessed by Moneycontrol.com, the HR executive can be purportedly heard telling the employee to resign by 10am, failing which his services would be terminated.
Anand Mahindra, chief of the $19 billion group, took to social media to apologise over the incident saying the core value of the conglomerate is to “preserve the dignity of the individual”.
“I want to add my personal apology. Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual and we will ensure this does not happen in future,” he tweeted.
I want to add my personal apology. Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual & we'll ensure this does not happen in future https://t.co/yBxAxvFZlc— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 7, 2017
“We have become aware of the incident involving a conversation between an employee and a company HR representative. We deeply regret the manner in which the discussion took place and have taken necessary corrective steps to ensure that this does not happen again in future,” Vineet Nayyar, Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra said in a note.
He said that the company continues to implement strategies to meet the changing demands of business in the current global economic environment and align workforce with its “strategic priorities” and “requirements” of clients.
“This, however, will be done in a manner that befits our Rise philosophy and our group's core values,” Nayyar said. The note was tweeted by CP Gurnani, Tech Mahindra’s CEO.
Echoing similar sentiments, Gurnani tweeted: “I deeply regret the way HR Rep (sic) & employee discussion was done. We have taken the right steps to ensure it doesn’t repeat in future.”
I deeply regret the way the HR rep & employee discussion was done. We have taken the right steps to ensure it doesn’t repeat in the future. pic.twitter.com/KKLt6tIBb6— CP Gurnani (@C_P_Gurnani) July 7, 2017
Tech Mahindra ranks fifth in the tally of Indian IT firms by revenues. At the end of December 2016, the company had over 1.17 lakh employees.
The audio clip surfaces at a time when Indian IT firms are facing challenges in the business environment and stricter work permit regime in countries like the US, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
(With PTI inputs)
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