Are "side gigs" a distraction or diversification?
Do you allow your team to openly discuss their side work or projects?
What is your position on tolerating or even encouraging side opportunities?
Do you consider side work to be a negative influence within the organization or positive? Why?
It today’s world you need to be open and supportive of side projects.
First, they’re going to do it anyway.
Second and more importantly if you embrace it, they’ll be appreciative of it which will create loyalty among the employee.
Third, you want your employee to learn and have broader horizons. And you want team members who innovative and ambitious.
lastly, often their side project might end up being helpful to your company.
Hope this helps.
I fully agree, Lee R. Roth. My only build on your remarks is, as usual, everything is a matter of balance and reasonableness. If someone is clearly spending a lot of time and energy on a side hustle it could cause others to be concerned that the employee is either not completely satisfied with their "day job" or that they are spending time on it during their day job hours...which would be a problem
I think it's important to let employees explore other passions/side projects. Often in creative roles this lets an employee explore other areas of creative interest and can often bring new ideas to their full time/part time gig with you. It also aids in employee development. I've seen a ton of employee flourish at their core job when they are giving some room to explore #sidehustles.
Whether you employee someone full time or part time there should be clear rules around conflict of interest with any side gigs. There should always be a conversation between a manager and employee around expectations. I always tell my employees they need to be preforming their regularly assigned tasks at 100%.
Are side projects a distraction or diversification?
They are both. What people do outside of work on their own time is their own business, as long as it doesn't impact their job performance (unless you're a pilot, or something like that). I would expect them to do those projects outside of work hours.
If someone is unhappy at work, having a side gig can often spur creativity, happiness, and energy. Life is about having multiple revenue streams, not just one 9 to 5 job for a lifetime. It keeps things interesting.