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And You Thought the TV Show Was Odd…Workers Reveal Unusual Moonlighting Gigs

moonlighting2If you’ve ever wondered what your employees do on their off-hours…well, you may want to skip the rest of this post and just keep wondering. (That is unless you want the image of them posing nude for art students in your head. Oops, have I said too much?)

An estimated one in ten American workers have taken on a second job in the last year to help makes ends meet, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, released today.

More than 4,400 workers participated in the survey, sharing some of the more unconventional ways they’ve earned extra cash, including:

  • Used a portable propane burner to heat oil, and sold catfish dinners on his front porch
  • Made Star Wars costumes for people
  • Donated blood plasma
  • Researched stories for a gossip columnist
  • Won money on a game show
  • Juggled chainsaws in a talent competition
  • Posed for an art class
  • Worked as a tarot card reader
  • Wrote a freelance article on Big Foot
  • Took notes in class for college students
  • Took items from the Lost & Found and sold them online
  • Gave people in the office hair cuts
  • Tested recipes for a book
  • Worked as a movie extra
  • Participated in product testing for bandages
  • Played in poker tournaments
  • Participated in university research studies

Needless to say, American workers are going to quite a few extremes to make up for lost working hours or pay in this economy.  But can you blame them?  I’m sure some offices have policies against – or restrictions on – employees taking on second jobs, but especially in this economy, I can see how allowing employees to hold down additional jobs could actually benefit the workplace.

After all, a second job – especially one that speaks to a personal interest or passion – could give your employees a creative outlet that increases their satisfaction at their ‘primary’ job.  Additionally, another job could help them develop a more diverse skill set that they can bring back to the office. Not to mention that the additional income could help ease their personal financial stress and better concentrate on their office work.

And if the second job doesn’t conflict with the employee’s productivity at his or her primary job, or isn’t with a competitor, is there really any harm?

I’m honestly asking because I want to know. What’s your opinion on employees holding second jobs? Do you have a moonlighting policy at your office?  Most importantly, who would you want to play Maddie and David in a “Moonlighting” movie?

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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