#AnonymousFrom your query I can understand the mind set of your top management. How can you stop people to talk about their earnest money which is their rightful property. What i m observing from your query your management believe in micromanagement of people and keeping them uninformed from the company policy or it may not exist.
Mgt. need to understand their employees in modern age they are not slave, giving them salary dosn't mean to keep them away from their fundamental right.
Transparency in policy and freedom of working among employees help not only to attain high productivity but also inculcate the value of honesty and loyalty toward organization. From various discussion and survey held on attrition makes very clear due to poor management policy and its implementation ( Lack of justified Increase, timely promotion, advancement and learning of individual with equal opportunity) make employees unsatisfied and results as held in your organization.
So who leaked, when, with whom and what manner dosn't matter if matter that is your policy and transparency you maintain among employees. In my opinion you are not in fault, you need to make detailed plan of relevant requirement need critical attention and present to your management or superior to avoid future blame game.
5th January 2018 From India, Chandigarh
Coming to the situation described by the poster and the questions raised, most probably the bonus mentioned is performance reward. Disparity in performance reward drives some employees to relinquish their jobs means, your performance appraisal system is biased. Similarly, once the amounts got disbursed, individual shares can not be a matter of secret any more. Your accompaniment to some people on the dining table might have been quite frequent and as such more visible. It might be quite trivial and sheer coincidence. But the mole's crooked mind would have distorted vision only and he/she might have exploited the situation to his/her advantage. In such awkward situations of deceit and despair, you should have the native intelligence to convincingly prove your innocence. Try not to be totally defensive or emotional since your credibility is at stake. If such fair and ideal approach fails to work, even no harm in making the confusion of the impossible type of person worse confounded for the sake of your survival.
6th January 2018 From India, Salem
I think the issue needs further investigation to reach the root-cause and HR may talk to Management and submit request.
6th January 2018 From India, Pune
Appreciated your response but i just wanted to add one point here that it is a start up company and we are exempted for five years for bonus so the amount which we have given to few employees ,they shared that information towards each other now request you to help me that how to handle this situation.Do i need to mark a mail towards all employees about the confidentiality of the information sharing or what else i can do?
7th January 2018 From India, Delhi
Your top management of the start-up company appears to have dealt with the payment of bonus ( when it was not legally due) to a few employees only in non- transparent manner and perhaps without proper rationale.
On top of it, they blamed HR for leaking the information just on immature observation of your being in contact with them at lunch table and believing the story that you would have leaked the info without apparently making any fact finding enquiry.
I think you may write a polite mail to the top person highlighting the leakage was due to their sharing it amongst themselves only and their questioning your credibility is misplaced.
Besides giving bonus to a few and not giving to large numbers without sound logic is bound to boomerang and create ripples.
8th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
I concur with the views of Mr.Vinayak. But, still I've a doubt. Though as a start-up, your establishment is eligible for the " Bonus Holiday" u/s 16 of the Payment of Bonus Act,1965, whether it actually fulfills the conditions stipulated in its ss (1-A).
8th January 2018 From India, Salem