Do you encourage your employees to moonlight? Or do you prohibit them from pursuing work outside of their job with your company?
Personally, throughout my career, I’ve always had some sort of a second job or side hustle.
My first job out of school was managing an office for a small magazine, and I moonlighted freelance writing for them, and with a 10-hour-per-week position at my local free weekly newspaper.
Even when I was a full-time employee at Charles Schwab I always had a side hustle or two. The only difference there was that they had a process in place to ask for permission to pursue my outside of work job—to make sure it didn’t conflict with my day job or trade on non-public information I had access to as part of my job.
That said, I did eventually have a boss tell me my outside of work gig was giving others the impression I wasn’t fully committed to my job. As she requested, I wound down my extracurricular activities… and found a new job elsewhere that didn’t ask the same of me. [Read more…] about Why You Should Encourage Your Best Employees to Moonlight