That may sound like a silly question — especially if you need a second (or third) job to pay your bills. However, manyreserve the right to control whether their employees can earn extra income after hours.
Workforce Management presents the employer’s side of the debate — starting off with the fact that companies are legally entitled to fire workers if second jobs affect their ability to be “present, prompt, and prepared” at their primary jobs.
I strongly believe that you have the right to a life (and even revenue streams) beyond your my book, I recommend a strategy of “ethical moonlighting.” This means ensuring that your second job (or side ) never prevents you from doing your well — and never puts you at risk of violating your contract (including non-compete clauses).. But I don’t dispute most of the points in the article. In
But today’s typical day job is incredibly demanding. For most people I know, the demand to be “present, prompt, and prepared” for work doesn’t end at 5:00 pm. Does an employer have the right to require you to be fully devoted 24/7 — especially if they’re not paying you enough to live comfortably?
No way. You have a right to time of your own to pursue your passions outside of work. Many corporate escapees have used the “ethical moonlighting” strategy to get new businesses or careers off the ground before they quit their day jobs.
As long as you’re not cheating your employer out of an honest day’s work (or conducting shady business like stealing clients or consulting for competitors), you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. After all,won’t stop your employer from laying people off to reduce expenses and ensure the company’s future. You have to be looking out for your future too.
The trickiest part is figuring out where to draw the line between doing your day job well enough and sacrificing your entire life to make your bosses happy. Then again, I suppose that’s a challenge for pretty much everybody that works for someone else — whether you’re a moonlighter or not.
The Workforce Management article provides a petty good summation of perspectives on moonlighting. If you’re going to moonlight, it’s good to know what your corporate overlords might be watching for so you can avoid HR hassles and keep your job until you’re ready to leave it.