Infosys Technologies, the quintessential torchbearer of Indian IT industry, has created history again—this time by formulating a brilliant HR initiative that beats all other orthodox methods of rewarding employees hands down. The new plan links bonuses with tenure and performance where the employees would be awarded with long-term incentives—which is around 20-40% of their salaries—only after spending two to three years with the organization. The new model replaced the conventional Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), through which the company made numerous millionaires out of its employees. As Nandita Gurjar, Senior Vice-President and Group Head, HR, Infosys puts it, “Stock options killed the incentive to work. People with whom we shared unparalleled wealth have left us and that we believe is not healthy,” so it does not ring a bell with the battle-hardened HR team of Infosys anymore.