BLUFThis article is about overemployment, where some remote workers have more than one job and therefore have to carefully manage their time.
Overemployment is a growing trend made possible because of remote working. Some people exploit the lack of direct supervision and can take on an additional full-time job. A second job is easier to manage for knowledge workers, where there is a high demand for talent, and the emphasis is on productivity rather than face time with management or clients.
Overemployment can bring the following benefits for workers:
- Extra income and experience.
- A safety net against redundancy.
- Development of useful tools and skills.
- Free people to try other jobs for comparison.
- Work that may be more meaningful.
Overemployment doesn’t necessarily mean working extra-long days; workers can find time through:
- Being under-engaged in their primary role.
- Absenteeism from meetings.
- Minimising or eliminating cyberloafing.
Overemployment has legal implications within workplace contracts and policy, it’s extremely controversial and widely perceived as unethical*.
* Note: ADF members are encouraged to read MILSPERSMAN Part 7, Chapter 4 – Employment and Voluntary
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- Aug 2021 Wall Street Journal. These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs
- Aug 2021Buzzfeed. Instead Of Side-Hustling, Some People Are Secretly Working Multiple Remote Jobs At The Same Time
- Sep 2021 New York Times. My Colleague Is Secretly Holding Two Jobs. Should I Expose Her?