TITA team and several speakers suggested software employees not to lose self-confidence and asked them to face any problem with courage. TITA has conducted a round table conference with a 16 point agenda in Hyderabad. The conference started after condoling the suicide of software employee Pogaku Harini. “How to face the issue of firing of IT employees in the wake of recession” was the topic of round table. Speakers reminded that Harini, who committed suicide has requested to donate her organs but has not blamed her company, and added that she stood as an example of IT employees’ mentality.
Speakers have requested the IT employees not to lose self confidence. A detailed discussion was held on why these lay offs are being done, recession effect on IT industry, technology updates, automation etc. Responding on the employees issue, they explained that as this is the time of year end appraisals, firing will be more. They added that, companies who want to fire employees will give 4th rating to that particular employee and implement performance improvement plan. Usually 45 to 60 days of time is being given to that employee to improve himself and if not, companies are implementing rules to terminate them. But, speakers felt that this type of firing is unfair. IT people are going into depression because of this type of firing, they said. They suggested that if the companies have any issue with project agreements to fire the employee, they should tell the same but not show under performance as the reason of firing as it will spoil employee’s career and effect his life too. They said that usually for any reason, if the company is firing any employee, they are giving either two months of pay and some other companies are not at all giving any pay too. They have demanded to give at least 6 months of pay to the terminated employee. And the speakers also explained that it is becoming tough for the terninated employee to get insurance. They requested the companies to extend both medical and life insurance for at least another year with humanitarian concern.
They said that though 8 hour work is the rule, most of the companies are asking their employees to work in the weekends, and extended working hours which are not welcomable. They also requested the companies to form internal teams to solve sexual harassment complaints.
The speakers who participated in the round table also requested more government support to the IT industry. They told that IT employees are contributing a lot to the government in the form of taxes and other things. As the allied sectors like hospitality, hotel and malls are getting a lot of income because of the IT industry, they requested the government to take initiative and form IT employees welfare fund. They told that IT employees, who come from all over the country to work in hyderabad are ready to purchase house sites and houses in the city, and requested for support to form IT employees housing societies. The speakers have appreciated the Telangana government for taking up several skill development projects, and requested to provide opportunity to the terminated IT employees to participate in such initiatives and see that they should not face any problems till
they get another job.
At the same time, they also gave several suggestions to IT employees. They told that employees should improve their skill set as they reach mid level in the bell structure. They also asked them not to seek jobs, but to raise to such a level so that they can give employment. They asked employees to acquire new skills and create opportunities.
Sundeep Kumar Makthala has presided over and started the round table and told that the IT industry is being effected because of the international recession. He said that those who come from campus to corporate employment are worrying a lot because of these developments. He suggested that personality development classes should be conducted to the employees in the companies. He requested the companies to have humanitarian approach while firing the employees. He told that the employees should have a grip on Artificial Intelligence, 3d Printing, Robotics, IOT, Block chain Technology, Cyber Security, Serverless computing, VR/AR, Drone technology as these technologies are changing the pace of the IT sector.
Sundeep has requested the government to implement more welfare schemes for the techies. Psychologist Dr. C. Virender, IT industry representatives Ashwin Chandra, Naveen Chintala, Srilatha Chintala, Venkat Vanam, Pradeep Nilagiri, Ravichandra Modem, Vaman, Ramya Sharma, Vivek, Nirmal and Vidyadhar have participated in the round table conference