2,500 Satyam employees under scanner

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New Delhi, Sep 16: In what is termed as a 'regular annual exercise', country's fourth largest software exporter, Satyam Computers has put 2,500 of its employees under scanner under the programme, 'Performance Improvement'. A Satyam spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement that "as part of our appraisal process we identify around 5 per cent of our associates in the Performance Improvement category and put them through a structured Performance Improvement Programme".

Though termed as routine, according to industry sources the exercise is a result of Satyam trying to effectively utilising its bench strength. "Our experience reflects that about half of this group exits the system either voluntarily or involuntarily, while the others make credible progress internally. We have concluded our appraisal process a few weeks back, and believe we are witnessing similar trends like in the past," the statement said.

Other IT companies like Patni and Wipro have also carried out similar exercise for the non-performing employees. Satyam, currently, has over 50,000 employees working across its various centres.

Recently, Wipro Technologies had also put 2,400-3,000 employees (4-5 per cent of the total workforce) under scanner on the grounds of non-performance.

Analysts tracking the sector feel that with global slowdown and clients delaying decision making, the IT firms are trying to cut their bench strength. The focus is now on maximum utilisation of workforce.

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