Togetherness Glowing: Swiggy’s Staffers can now work for Others in the name of Moonlight Policy.Swiggy, a platform for ordering and delivering food, on Wednesday unveiled an industry-first moonlighting policy that allows staff to work on outside projects for free or even for pay, subject to internal permission.
The business stated that this “may involve action outside of office hours or on weekends that does not impair their productivity on the full-time work or have a conflict of interest with Swiggy’s business in any manner.”
Swiggy’s idea comes as businesses struggle with rising staff turnover and call for greater employee flexibility. However, not many others are likely to endorse moonlighting as a formalised strategy, even though it is ethical in this circumstance, according to corporations and recruitment and HR specialists.
While such a policy does give employees more freedom, more opportunities to develop their skills, and a potential additional income source that could quell the employee’s desire to move out, there will be significant difficulties in supervising such side businesses and there is a risk of future conflict. One person making a mistake or betraying trust could cause the rest of the team to react negatively.
Moonlighting among white-collar workers has increased as a result of hybrid/remote work during the pandemic, notably in tech/IT organisations, according to a report from ET in October. Moonlighting is a problem, but most businesses would try to prevent it rather than support it, according to Shiv Agrawal, managing director of employment agency ABC Consultants.Additionally, very few occupations have productivity norms that are so precisely defined that it is easy to trace how adding extra labour is hurting the actual job.
UpGrad, an edtech business, does permit staff members to serve as guest faculty at other institutions, but only under specific circumstances, according to cofounder Mayank Kumar. It is not intended to become a policy. It would be very challenging to monitor, he says.
Some tiny startups, boutique consulting businesses, and digital marketing agencies continue to permit some of their staff to work on side projects with their permission. According to Pasricha, other larger corporations are also considering the possibility. “What it calls for is trust in the team and the establishment of far more distinct deliverables. Employee effectiveness and happiness may coexist as long as the work isn’t compromised, she said.
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