Do you find yourself working full time for Company A but taking cell phone calls in the bathroom that have to do with Company B?
If so you are not alone. CNN ran this article regarding workers who are handling two jobs at once but putting in the majority of their hours for job number two while at company number one. Apparently with the economy tanking this has become more common, though I can say that I’ve seen it going on even in the 90s when the dollar was strong.
Perhaps the fact that I knew many who did this had to do with the fact that I was a school teacher. I knew quite a few people who, thanks to the incredibly low pay at that time (I don’t know if it has improved today, as it’s been a while since I checked) worked at least two jobs-and at times worked the second job while on the first, during lesson plan time or breaktime.
Some teachers had home companies doing things like selling Tupperware or Mary Kay on the side while others worked as tutors or ran businesses such as real estate companies and travel agencies.
While the article states that some people are talking about this with their coworiers, it also admits that most of the time those who are working two jobs keep the second job quiet while on the first. It’s tough to mix business and, well, business. Running copies for Company Two while on Job One can get a person into a lot of trouble.
On the flip side, if the work done at job number two does not interfere with job number one it could also provide the employee with more dollars in the bank. I knew real estate agent school teachers whose clients were parents from the school and even other teachers.