Moonlight work. A term that has baffled the business class in India. Since Swiggy, the food delivery giant, announced that it would allow its employees to take on other jobs outside of their working hours for Swiggy, the concept of moonlighting has found itself at its core. of a rather controversial debate. Here’s all the ins and outs you need to know about it.
What is moonlight?
Simply put, moonlighting occurs when an employee takes on a second job outside of working hours for a company they are already employed at. It could be a second job, a business, or even an extension of a hobby, like playing in a rock band.
Why did Swiggy allow its employees to work in the moonlight?
According to a blog post written by a Swiggy human resources professional, employees will now have Swiggy’s support to land additional jobs outside of their work at Swiggy as long as it does not affect their productivity or create conflict. of interests. The added catch was that workers would have to declare the additional jobs they held and Swiggy would then categorize them into jobs that require specific work knowledge and those that are “non-work” interests or hobbies.
Swiggy acknowledged moonlighting as a practice that has been going on for several years now and said giving employees the freedom to do it and record it would be a win-win situation for everyone. Interestingly, Swiggy announced a permanent work-from-home/anywhere policy for most of its positions earlier this year.
Has undeclared work existed for a long time?
Who wouldn’t want to earn extra money fast? Even though many private companies in India and abroad, in the United States, for example, have banned employees from engaging in side businesses, cases have come to light of individuals accepting extra work. Reports suggest this trend has exploded since the COVID-19 pandemic, where people have had to work from home.
Is it legal in India?
While section 60 of the Factories Act 1948 states that no adult worker is permitted to work in a factory while already employed in another factory, the lines blur when he s are white collar jobs. The Factories Act does not apply to IT companies in some states and it has often been left to the courts to decide whether or not it is legal for an employee to take on a second job when they get caught.
What criticisms does moonlighting face?
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji called moonlighting “cheating”. Some HR professionals claim that moonlighting jeopardizes the confidentiality of company trade secrets. And if people are working during the period when they are supposed to be free and rejuvenating, it could possibly impact their overall productivity. Despite these concerns, it remains to be seen whether other companies will follow Swiggy’s lead and allow their workers to declare their hustles.