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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vishal Sikka gifts iPhone 6s to 3,000 top performers

BENGALURU: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka played Santa Claus to top performers in the company during the holiday season. He gifted iPhone 6s to 3,000 employees, an unusual gesture for the company and perhaps part of an effort to stem the high attrition rate.

The gift was accompanied by a mail from Sikka, where he addressed the employees as friends. The mail read: "Thinking back on 2014 feels good, doesn't it? There was so much you wanted to accomplish with seemingly so little time to do it all. Now, as you stand on the brink of the New Year and look back, there is the satisfying realization that a great part of it actually got done. This feeling is not unlike the one Kahlil Gibran evokes in his lyrical commentary on work - `When you work, you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music'."

Sikka said achieving what Infosys had "took your boundless energy and extraordinary effort". "And I believe it's not enough that we simply recognize it, we must celebrate it. That's why I am so happy that we are presenting you with a Holiday Bonus - the cool new Apple iPhone 6. A gift that'll always remind you and your teammates of the exceptional value you delivered for Infosys," he said.

Sikka's "holiday bonus" came as a big surprise to employees. One employee said they had not been indulged in this manner before.

Corporates have been finding new ways to reward top performers, instead of simply handing out more cash. HCL Technologies recently offered around 130 of its top performers the option of driving home a Mercedes or taking their family and friends on an all-expenses-paid international or domestic holiday.

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