New banding and designations for Vodafone Idea employees

The new five-band architecture is part of VIL’s integration strategy post merger.


Vodafone Idea (VIL) has been discussing a brand new designation structure with its workforce, which is totally different from what was being used by Vodafone and Idea before they merged. This is an attempt to make the organisation future ready, and ensure integration post merger.

The new designation architecture is being explained to the staff through regular communication.

Consisting of five bands and the associated designation prefixes, the new structure will have no semblance to the structures that existed before the merger of the two entities. The new, unique and more modern banding and designations will be implemented across the Company starting next month.

Not all employees are reportedly happy about the new designations, as people with differing levels of experience and qualification have all been given the same designation.

However, the Company is confident that the new structure will be well accepted once there is better understanding of the logic behind them amongst the employees.

Vodafone Idea believes that the new and contemporary banding will attract new talent and also help retain the current ones and play a positive role in career progression.

The management has requested employees to refrain from comparing the new designations with the earlier ones and accept the fact that they are now employees of a brand new company, and hence will carry brand new designations. The new bands will have no traces of the past and will promote more uniformity.

The revamped structure will facilitate job assessment and systematic grouping of similar-sized jobs. The Company also clarified that the bands assigned to the employees have nothing to do with their individual abilities or performance. The re-banding will also ensure that newcomers don’t feel they are too far below in the hierarchy to be able to contribute meaningfully.

The objective is to have the workforce as close to the customer as possible so that there is faster communication flow.

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