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Dos and Don’ts About Working on Another Job While Employed September 11, 2008

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Blame it on the economy.  Used to be that 500 bucks went a long way.  These days, that’s probably your expense for one or three days, depending on where you work and how you spend.  Small wonder people are taking on other jobs even if they’re already employed.  But are you doing the right thing?  Should you tell your boss?  Here are a few dos and don’ts to help guide you should you decide to take on another job while employed.

Can you work full-time AND part-time?
A full time job usually lasts from 40 to 45 hours a week in the Philippines.  That’s around 8-9 hours a day for a 5-day workweek or about 7 hours a day for a six-day workweek with a half-day Saturday thrown in.   

Should you decide to work on another job while still employed, you’ll have to work on your second job from the time you leave your office.  Depending on how early you can leave work and reach your next destination, that should leave you about 4 to 5 hours more before midnight to work on your second job.  Consider if the period of time is enough for you to perform your second job effectively.

Ask if it is allowed.
Before you take on a second job or a part-time job, check your employment contract.  Majority of these contracts clearly stipulate that you, as an employee of the company, cannot work on another job particularly if it will result to a direct or indirect competition with the company.  You also cannot work for a competitor even if you’ll only be working part-time or as a consultant.  There will be conflict of interest.

Should you decide to work on another job while employed, consider whether or not your relationship with your company will be affected.  The income from your part-time job may not be enough to offset the money you receive from your main job in case you get fired, so think about this issue carefully.

Don’t use your office as a venue for your other job.
It’s quite common for employees to take on part-time jobs even while employed.  This usually involves direct selling or network marketing.  Look around you – some of your officemates may be selling stuff right now to augment their main income. 

Ask around and you might find someone selling cosmetics, perfume, Tupperware, shoes, food, clothing, lingerie, health supplements, jewelry, even big ticket items such as cars and real estate.  Nine times out of ten, these people will often approach their own officemates to sell to or recruit.  The trust and comfort factor is just too high to ignore.  It’s also a lot easier to collect since you all work in the same building anyway.

Although selling stuff at the office may be an acceptable practice to management, be careful about using your time at work trying to earn an income from your second job.  Sell or promote only during break time or lunch or after office hours, never during working hours. 

Give your employer the courtesy they deserve.  If management lets you earn a few bucks selling or doing stuff not related to your job, at least try to respect their rules.  You’re being paid to do your job during your work hours.  You’re not being paid to earn money doing an unrelated task such as promoting your own business.

Don’t let problems with your second job spill over to your main job.
Don’t allow distractions in your other job to affect the way you perform in your main job.  You simply have no excuse for it.  You can’t, for example, tell your boss that you weren’t able to submit the final bookkeeping reports because you had to stay up late the night before doing web design for your client.  Your boss just can’t and won’t accept that.

Don’t use company resources.
If you work on another job while still employed with your present company, never use your employer’s supplies or equipment.  Using the company computer, printer, scanner, photocopier, bond paper, folders, binder, stapler, post-its, adhesive tapes, glue, pencils and pens to perform tasks unrelated to your main job is just plain wrong.  Use your own resources.

Should you tell your boss?
If the risk is high that your boss will find out anyway, it’s probably best that you inform him.  Just make sure you’re not violating any company policy or doing anything illegal.  Assure your boss that you’re not using company hours or resources working on that other job.  As long as you perform well in your main job, you can hope to juggle two jobs at the same time and probably find success in both.

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