It is amazing how many times I have been told by professional people on a full-time salary they either have a “side hustle” or have taken on a second full-time job. These workers split their responsibilities in half and work for 2 employers simultaneously, sometimes running two (or more) computers and calendars. Other times they may have joined a multi-level marketing firm which in it’s self can be very detrimental. No matter the distraction there is no way they can be as productive as someone working a reasonable amount of hours per week and is well rested.
This trend has become increasingly rampant in the past few years. With Entrepreneur friends with one fired a new hire who was a “little slow” but did great work. The employee was actually working full-time for the government while working for my friends’ company. In another case, my friend had an employee who suggested the company hire his brother but this employee didn’t even have a sibling he just pretended to do the job of the brother bringing in two salaries!
Sometimes it may indicate that their primary employer has a flawed hiring process, unsatisfactory work culture or a flawed compensation structure that compels employees to take on extra jobs. A good culture should have both a path to more challenging and interesting work and also higher compensation through promotions or bonuses.
Although dual employment in itself isn’t illegal, some employers are adding exclusivity clauses agreements to their contracts, which prevent employees from working for another company until the end of their employment. In cases where employment contracts state employees cannot work for another full-time job, employers may be able to fire staff for just cause. Non-compete clauses can also limit how and where employees can work a second job and may also be grounds for termination.
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