Swiggy, one of India’s largest food delivery firms, recently gave a vote of confidence to employee practice, Chandni. Taking other jobs. Two weeks later, one of India’s biggest IT leaders has called it a “fraud”.
Wipro CEO Rashad Premji’s position can be learned from experience.
“Mature companies understand the constraints and the long-term risks of moonlighting,” said N Shivakumar, founder of consultancy Resource Tree Global Services. “Startups rush into action without thinking about how it might affect their business in the long run.”
Can moonshine work?
Swiggy defines external projects that are done outside office hours or during weekends. They do not conflict with the food delivery firm’s own business. With proper disclosure, it can work, the company said.
In fact, it can also allow employees to hone skills while earning extra money, according to Harish HV, managing partner at ECube Investment Advisors. According to them, with working from home and flexible hours, their main jobs don’t necessarily suffer.
“As long as an employee is efficient and able to complete all required tasks, moonlighting may not be such a bad idea,” Harish said.
However, the corporate world is not an ideal place.
Why does moonshine fail?
One paid gig is almost always on shaky legal ground, experts say.
Enacted in 1948, the Factories Act of India bars Dual employment. Different states too Limit exercise. Institutions governed by such laws are often not included. Moonlight clauses In job offer letters
Also, it is difficult to determine how much moonlight is too much moonlight. “An hour a day? Eight hours a day?” asked former EY partner Ankur Nigam.
People don’t draw boundaries clearly. “We’ve seen plenty of examples of people getting paid by 12 companies at the same time during their work-from-home days,” Nigam said.
This also raises a real concern about productivity bottlenecks. “There are after-office hours for a reason — take time off, recharge and go back the next day to do the work you committed to and are getting paid to do.”
Companies like Wipro, which deal with large scale clients in India and abroad and handle sensitive information, are another matter of concern.
N Shivakumar told Vophs that moonlighting employees “can expose privacy”. If people can work anywhere at any time, “there can be no room for compliance,” he said.
For those trying to avoid complicated moonlighting provisions in employment contracts, there’s always the fast-paced flicker economy. Don’t want to be affiliated with a company? Sure, switch freelancers.
Nigam said, “Let’s be objective and work one company at a time.