For journalists and others in the creative and technical fields, side work or freelance work is very common. For example, in addition to daytime work, a journalist may write paragraph-by-article articles for other publications that are not competitors of his or her primary employer, and typically (ideally) with the express or tacit approval of the employer. Some do so because of the extra income they need, some like the job.
Alone in their home office, they switch between two laptops. They play “Tetris” on their calendars, trying to dodge endless meetings. Sometimes they sign up for two meetings at once. They use paid free time – in some cases unlimited – to juggle an occasional big project or get up for a new gig. Many say they don’t work more than 40 hours a week in both jobs combined. They do not apologize for taking advantage of a system they feel they have taken advantage of.
Employees who spoke WSJ (anonymously) seem to go a long way in working for two companies at the same time; keeping highly organized calendars, juggling duplicate Zoom calls, and project deadlines. And while it may not be illegal to work for more than one company, WSJ reports, such arrangements may result in employment contracts.
There is no doubt that many employers will fix what they have sown with employees throughout the employment area; In addition to a lack of job security and meager wages, workers are facing a pandemic that has revolutionized home and work life for all. In this paragraph, I was annoyed by how some employees talked about playing the system by lying, what are the valid reasons why someone would need accommodation from their employer: They use their unlimited PTO for a month and mention “COVID-19 burning,” or skip twice booked meetings “An imaginary call from a child’s school”.
Visit to read this very interesting WSJ piece about what telecommuting is like and how people claim to get rid of it.