Whether you call it ‘side-hustling’, ‘working away’ or ‘moon-lighting’, employees choosing to work outside of core employment looks here to stay. You have some choices to make – embrace entrepreneurial employees or stop the side-hustling.
If you’re in the camp that it’s cool to be conscientious, we’ve created a policy to help protect your business whilst allowing entrepreneurial spirit to flourish inside and outside of work. Here are our thoughts…
Don’t be a ‘buzzkill’
Reflect reality. Think – employees pursuing their passions through a ‘side gig’ are more likely to be positively productive during working hours.
If they’re delivering in their roles and are aligned with your vision and values, embrace an evolving workforce.
Chat with colleagues about their outside interests. Having open and honest conversations means you can support whilst also identifying business and safety risks with working outside of core hours.
Fear of reprisal, lack of support and effects on career prospects are often reasons for individuals failing to disclose work beyond your employment.
Pep up your policies
Introduce or update your policies in respect of working outside of your employment and train managers to implement them.