A week after Infosys announced the appointment of Vishal Sikka as its next CEO, the software major issued instructions to its over 1.6 lakh employees asking them to refrain from disclosing organisation-specific internal matters to “external entities” including friends, relatives and media.
Addressed as “Dear Infoscion” the mass e-mail sought to explain that intentional or unintentional sharing of company information with external parties could have a serious impact on the organisation and its business.
“A breach could also lead to disciplinary action,” according to the e-mail.
The virtual gag order on Infoscions —which in the age of forwarded e-mails and social media is a tough call — comes after a tumultuous year in which at least a dozen senior executives left the company amid sagging performance. Speculation on who would succeed SD Shibulal, its current CEO, turned intense after he announced in March that he would step down earlier than planned.
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On May 31, Infosys dismissed as speculation talk of who would succeed him, but the pressures were felt on its stock price.
An Infosys spokesperson said that the guidelines have always been part of company’s employment policy. “This is not a new policy.”
However, Infosys employees speaking told HT on conditions of anonymity that earlier e-mails did not elaborate the dos and don’ts about sharing of the company’s internal information and were rather generic in nature.
“Developments pertaining to Infosys are followed keenly, both in India and across the world...Therefore, kindly do not speak, officially or unofficially, with external entities or individuals including your friends and relatives on organisation-specific, internal matters,” the e-mail says.
The e-mail appears to be part of an effort by the company to curb rumour mongering about internal developments. On June 12, Infosys announced the appointment of Sikka as its new chief executive.