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Swiggy’s moonlighting policy isn’t a brilliant idea

Moonlighting has been associated with duplication, a practice that can easily lead to job termination. But earlier this month, food delivery platform Swiggy stunned the HR community by seeking to legitimize the practice by allowing its employees to work elsewhere while continuing to hold their jobs at the company backed by Softbank.

“Swiggy employees may take on external projects for free or cost-effectively based on internal approvals. This may include after-hours or weekend activities that do not impact their productivity. on full-time work or who have a conflict of interest with The Business of Swiggy in any way,” the company said in a public statement.

At first glance, the move seems incremental: employees don’t have to work on the sly with another company. Ideally, employment benefits should include health care benefits and inflation-indexed compensation. But few companies can afford such HR policies, and most cut costs ruthlessly to stay afloat. When employees face the bulk of healthcare costs during a pandemic, family members lose their jobs, and hardship is compounded by the rising cost of living, the least empathetic employers can do is let their workforce explore other sources of income.

But is it about to revolutionize the job market?

In many Western countries, it is common to have more than one job (unless the company forbids it). Swiggy’s new policy could have been revolutionary if it was likely to usher in a new corporate culture in which employees had a real chance of working more than one job which can be a combination of permanent, temporary or of concerts.

However, it is unlikely to be followed by other organizations or to revolutionize workplace policies. Swiggy is unfortunately not about to make moonlighting an accepted practice. Mint spoke with various senior HR executives and they came up with a list of reasons for this. Here is what they say:

Does the moonlighting policy only apply to payroll employees or will it be allowed for third-party employees like delivery people?

Most couriers are unpaid. The policy is available to all full-time employees of Bundl Technologies, including subsidiaries, affiliates, associated companies and group companies. Delivery executives who work in the gig economy have the choice to take on projects and work in multiple locations of their choosing, even now.

Will the conflict of interest clause play a greater role in thwarting any attempt to change jobs?

For an employee, earning an income from a task other than his basic skills is difficult. If he’s a sales manager, he’s more likely to be employed by a rival company or a similar role in a different industry than winning as a music teacher. He may be a good musician but will always be opposed to those who have made music a profession.

In its statement, as a warning, the company added that the final green light will be given after comparing the two jobs and their similarities. “Projects that pose a higher risk of conflict of interest or interference with employees’ duties to Swiggy are subject to an approval process,” Swiggy added.

Who will follow the productivity of the employee knowing that he occupies more than one job?

Assuming the employee gets the approval of his supervisor, any drop in productivity or absenteeism is related to secondary agitation. This is a tough request from line managers trying to meet deadlines, fill outs and get new business, which requires working overtime, including weekends.

Now, as working from the office becomes the norm again for many profiles, there will be additional pressure on bosses to keep an eye on teams. In the quest for extra income, the employee will have to walk a tightrope which can lead to frayed nerves everywhere.

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Can undeclared work be reproduced throughout the hierarchy?

The IT, information technology and e-commerce sectors have reported the increase in cases of undeclared work, especially among junior and middle managers. For a policy to become successful, it must be easily adopted throughout the hierarchy of a company and the HR fraternity is not sure that it will meet with success beyond the lower order of the company. Those on the third-party payroll may not be able to take more than the relegated jobs unless the vendor agrees.

Impact on the common objective

What binds a company and its employees is a common goal and a sense of belonging. Today, India Inc is struggling to rebuild the equations with its employees after two years of working from home and virtual calls. Clocking in to meet KRAs from another job (even for a few hours) can lead to a more robotic work culture devoid of the appreciated breaks with co-workers.

As a result, moonlighting, a term that originated when people took night jobs from their day desks, may struggle to see the dawn.

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