Once fired, now eligible to be hired. That's the case for ex-employees of Indian Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) major player Infosys. Sources close to the Infosys BPO claims that the company management is asking the present employees to refer the experienced ex-employees who were fired during the recession.
A source speaking to TechEye on the condition of anonymity says: "We have been asked to bring our friends to the company which is normal in employee referral programs. But, what is interesting here is we have been asked to bring back the ex-employees who left the company during the recession phase."
This aggressive hiring strategy is nothing this year as during the end of every year, companies do go for referral hiring. The exception here seems to be the lucrative incentives that human resource management is offering employees for bringing the ex-employees.
During the recession, Indian BPOs including Infosys sent a considerable of employees their pink slips.
Mostly, this practice of offering almost 100 percent increase in referral incentives is practiced by Indian majors. The other companies adopting the same policy are Wipro BPO and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
More than 200,000 employees lost jobs during that period which most of the companies rubbished, creating doubt and uncertainty in the minds of many BPO employees in India.
Now, with business getting back on track, these companies are on a hiring spree.
What will be interesting to see is if these companies manage to build the trust that they have lost during the recession by firing the ones who were in need of jobs.