Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka gifts 3,000 iPhone 6s to employees

BT Online Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 9, 2015  | 16:25 IST
Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka
Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka gifted 3,000 Apple iPhone 6s to 3,000 top performing employees, reports The Times of India . Reportedly, the gifts, uncommon in Infosys , were accompanied by an email from Sikka.

"Thinking back on 2014 feels good, doesn't it? There was so much you wanted to accomplish with seemingly so little time to do it all. Now, as you stand on the brink of the New Year and look back, there is the satisfying realization that a great part of it actually got done. This feeling is not unlike the one Kahlil Gibran evokes in his lyrical commentary on work - 'When you work, you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music," said Sikka in the message to his colleagues.

Infosys, in the past year, has been notorious for its attrition rate and it appears that Sikka is trying to stem the tide with this gift to the company's top performers. The gesture reportedly has taken Infosys staff by surprise.

"Infosys had taken your boundless energy and extraordinary effort. And I believe it's not enough that we simply recognize it, we must celebrate it. That's why I am so happy that we are presenting you with a Holiday Bonus - the cool new Apple iPhone 6. A gift that'll always remind you and your teammates of the exceptional value you delivered for Infosys," he added in the mail.

Recently, HCL allowed 130 of its employees to either drive home in a gifted Mercedes or take their families on an all-expenses paid trip - domestic or international.

As of September, the attrition rate at Infosys stood at 20.1 per cent, one of the highest in India, but since Vishal Sikka arrived, the company has been garnering positive press. Sikka is said to have also personally reached out to employees who have resigned and asked them to stay back.

The company has 1.65 lakh employees. Other steps taken by Infosys to stem the attrition is toying around with new ideas like quarterly promotions, conversion of variable pay to fixed pay and even greater involvement of employees in the decision-making process.

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