Last week, we asked: How do you treat employees who have part-time jobs outside the job they do for you?
- Supportive: It’s a tough economy, and we try to be flexible to support them: 45%
- Agnostic: We don’t care what they do in their free time: 41%
- Unsupportive: We actively discourage people from other employment: 10%
- Prohibitive: We have strict rules forbidding additional employment: 4%
Tough times demand flexibility. Most of you support employees scratching out a living either by supporting them holding another job or not minding that they do. For the 15% of you who discourage or prohibit people from having employment outside your company, I encourage you to question the reason. If it’s a safety, competitive or performance issue, it makes sense. If not, question the intent behind the policy or approach. If employees have to quit your job to make ends meet by taking a more lucrative position or even two jobs to replace yours, is your policy having the desired outcome?