Pros and Cons of Employees Having a Second Job

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Employers want employees who are loyal and unlikely to leave the organization. Where does having multiple jobs fit into that? Does it mean employees are more likely to stay because they appreciate the flexibility or more likely to go because they have other options?

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer, but it highlights the complexity employers face when they have employees who work more than one job. This may come in the form of two full-time jobs, two part-time jobs, a side gig, or some other combination.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons employers face when an employee has another job.

Benefits of Employees Having a Second Job

It may sound counterintuitive, but there are actually quite a few benefits for employers when employees take on a second job. For example:

  • It can take the pressure off of employers to increase hours for part-time employees because they’re getting enough total hours between their jobs.
  • Employees may be more financially secure and less likely to have financial difficulties that cause stress at work.
  • If there’s another source of income, it may take the pressure off the main employer to increase wages, as these employees are less likely to leave over wage issues.
  • Other outlets for their passions may enable employees to meet more personal goals. A side or secondary job can be a way for employees to do something they enjoy without risking their main employment or income.
  • An employee’s other network could be a source of customers or other employees for the main employer. The employee may also gain additional useful skills…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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