Nearly 15,000 Axis Bank employees quit in last few months amid operations overhaul

Amitabh Chaudhry, who took over as Axis Bank CEO in September 2018 has been overhauling the functioning of the bank.
Nearly 15,000 Axis Bank employees quit in last few months amid operations overhaul
Nearly 15,000 Axis Bank employees quit in last few months amid operations overhaul
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Axis Bank is witnessing a gross change in its functioning, which is reportedly resulting in a high rate of attrition seen among the staff. Some 15,000 employees are reported have put in their papers within a short span of time leaving the bank’s branches struggling to meet the workload, reports Economic Times.

Observers point out that the induction of Amitabh Chaudhry as the Chief Executive and the changes he has embarked on the way the bank used to function have put excessive pressure on several officers who have opted to leave Axis Bank than absorb the pressure.

The bank has 72,000 employees and 11,500 had resigned in the last financial year alone.

The exits have been at the senior level and in large numbers at the branch level. Economic Times quotes one executive as saying that many are left wondering what their roles are amid the overhaul in the company and the cultural change is causing discomfort in some old-timers.

The management at the bank itself is defending these moves and the statement put out by them in response to this high rate of attrition is that the numbers may be slightly higher but not so alarming. The rate of attrition this year has been 19% while the average is around 15%.

The other aspect being pointed out by the bank is that they have been going about hiring more employees and a total of 32,000 staff would have been hired by the time this financial year gets over on March 31, 2020. With the resignations also taken into account, the net hiring will stand at around 12,800, the bank says.

Amitabh Chaudhry, who has joined Axis Bank from HDFC Life, is also bringing in a set of executives from other institutions to strengthen his team and to implement his plans for the bank going ahead. Some of the new inductions in Axis Bank include Deepak Maheshwari, a former banker from HDFC Bank; Neeraj Gambhir from Nomura Securities; Ganesan Sankaran from Federal Bank and Pralay Mondal from Yes Bank, to drive retail business. In some internal reorganization, Rajiv Anand, an executive director, has been moved to corporate banking.

The new Chief Executive is also betting big on technology, like artificial intelligence and some of the people hired now are believed to be experts in these areas.

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