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Infosys relaunches ESOPs as attrition hits 21%

Source | The Times Of India

BENGALURU: Infosys has relaunched its employee stock option plan (ESOP) for junior to middle-level management staff as it looks to rein in rising attrition that stood at 21% in the April-June 2016 quarter.

However, the company is not “unduly concerned” about the jump in attrition, which read 17.3% in the March quarter and 19.2% in the year-ago period.

“Today, we relaunched our ESOP programme after a gap of 10-years plus, after about 13 years. We are rewarding about 7,500 of our employees from junior to middle level management with restricted stock options and we will extend it to middle management to senior leaders and title holders subsequently,” Infosys chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao said.

He added that the company continues to focus on reskilling employees and has also revamped its leadership development programmes.

ESOPs allow employees to own equity in the company, which is seen as a morale booster for them.

Infosys added 13,268 (gross) and 3,006 (net) people in the said quarter, taking its headcount to 1,97,050 at the end of June 2016.

Elaborating on the higher rate of attrition, Rao said that one of the reasons is “seasonality because typically in Q1, we have higher exits due to higher studies”.

He added that while the attrition levels have shot up, Infosys has been able to retain “high performers”.

“We are really encouraged, we also track high performers’ attrition, which has come down. Earlier last quarter, it was 13.4% and this quarter, it has come down to 11.2 per cent, so we are encouraged by that,” he said.

Rao said Infosys will “watch out”, but at this stage, it is “not unduly concerned” and continues to focus on employee experience and engagement.

This year, Infosys has given wage hikes of 6-12% to its employees in India and about 2% to onsite workers, apart from offering equity to incentivise top performers.
Infosys, which is undergoing a turnaround under Sikka’s leadership, has been witnessing a string of senior leaders quitting the firm.

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