Previously it may have been assumed that if someone was working a part time job while being employed full time, they may be disengaged. I’ve never felt this to be true because as far as I’m concerned, as long as your extra curricular activities don’t intervene with your day time job, what you do outside of work is your own business.
It seems that more people are coming around to the same way of thinking. I think that this is in part due to the current economy. I am sure that I am not the only one who will never again allow my resume to sit unattended for months and years, not update my LinkedIn profile, and not connect with my new networks and connections until I need their help again. The networks and part time jobs people have generated during their unemployment will remain safety blankets in the case of another emergency.
The article, Double Life of the American Worker, profiles five people. These people range from CEO and president to marketing specialist and hold such basic second jobs as ice hockey referee and Starbucks barista. What’s the point? Well, they are exploring their other passions and hobbies! You might think that a CEO of a company is wasting his or her time by refereeing an ice hockey game but to that person it’s a great use of time.
Good customer service is nothing to take for granted so why discourage your hard working employee from working a few extra hours a week and perfect his or her pitch while selling some latte’s or encouraging some customers to sign up for a store specific credit card? I will guarantee that regardless if that person reaches some kind of milestone or goal within or outside the four walls of your organization, he or she will be that much more energized to see what else they can accomplish.
So I urge every employer not to discourage, but rather celebrate the fact that your employee is doing something more. Without extra curricular activities, people would not be volunteering, joining PTA’s and furthering their education.
What did you do today?
P.S. Here is a link to the article I mentioned above, Double Life of the American Worker.