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Multiple Job-Holding In The Labor Market

Multiple job holding also known as moonlighting is a phenomenon that has become an interesting subject to governments around the globe and labor analyst. The implication on the economy can be very very drastic and eventful.

Moonlighting can simply be defined as a situation where an engaged worker under contractual agreement with a primary employer gets involved in another contract either legitimately or illegitimately with a secondary employer. i.e the productive time s/ he is supposed to be spending on his primary assignment is spent on other engagement which sometimes could be personal.

The major reasons why employees get involved in this can be categorized into two:
1. Economic reasons.
2. Personal or career reasons.

The economic reason's include:
a. Financial demands of the state.
b. A growing standard of living.
c. Dependents and significant others.
b. Financial gains.

The personal reasons could be for:
Career growth such that in a situation where an employees primary duty is not really his career dreams, such a person can volunteer in some other places where his or her needs are met.

For example; a blogger who works as an accountant would definitely use companies resources such as internet, customer data amongst others in other to facilitate his business which can have a drastic implication on the company.

To this end, it is important that HR administrators are vigilant and develop strategies to curb this phenomenon. It is very costly for the employer, the employee and the state.

Moonlighting in second, third or even more jobs than one may be the American way, especially in tough economic times with increasing unemployment, declining benefits and shrinking work hours. But moonlighting is not an employee’s protected legal right.

Moonlighting can be a challenge for both employees and employers. From employers’ point of view, the expectation is that employees will show up “present, prompt and prepared,” as one of my managers used to say.

If employees are hustling and juggling to take care of multiple jobs, sometimes things slip. Fatigue, transportation glitches, lack of sleep and poor attentiveness can become issues.

Employees sometime perform mediocre work at all their jobs, instead of excellent work at the day jobs that are their primary livelihoods. If that happens, primary employers are within their legal rights to terminate employees because moonlighting is hurting performance, dependability and attentiveness.

Human resources planners must ensure that all bottlenecks are monitored and all holes are pegged for a productive organization and economy.
Multiple job holding is a virus.

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