Moonlighting: What you need to know

There is a variety of reasons why employees choose to work multiple jobs. Some common reasons include:
• Financial need or a desire to make more money;
• The opportunity to gain experience in a different job or keep up to date on new practices and technology;
• A belief that their skills are unappreciated in their current workplace; and
• Wanting to start their own business.
Preventing moonlighting. Employers who wish to prevent or discourage moonlighting should realize that the common reasons for moonlighting most likely exist in their own workplace. If some of these reasons do exist and apply to employees who are worth retaining, employers may want to consider incentives they can offer to these employees, whether financial, intellectual, or experiential, as an alternative to moonlighting.
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Some examples of the ways in which a worker's moonlighting may harm an employer's business include:
• An employee steals plans and other intellectual property from her employer and uses them in her own business.
• An employee is tired, accident-prone, and marginally productive.
• A worker abuses sick-leave benefits in order to work more hours at a second job.
• An employee running a sales business out of her home makes free use of the employer's copier, fax, and computer.
• An employee of a computer and software sales and repair company does the same work much more cheaply out of his home, diverting clients that come to the employer's shop.
• An office employee shows confidential techniques from his first job to an employee at a second job.
• A worker refuses overtime because his second job begins 30 minutes after the end of his regular workday.
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