Good employees are hard to find these days. And as much as you can, you want to keep them as focused as possible.
One day, you found one of your best employees doing a side job. Should you get worried? What should you do?
In my opinion, just embrace it! The Filipino freelancing trend is growing. And in the first place, allowing your employees to “moonlight” has benefits to your very own business.
Not convinced? These are the advantages of allowing your employees to freelance.
Let’s face it. The economy is hard nowadays. One source of income may not be enough for the family’s daily expenses and savings. A second or third source of income might ease the money problems of your employees.
Unless you can provide consistent salary raises, allowing them to have a freelancing gig will be more economical.
Money problems are a major cause of one’s mental health issues. With an increase in disposable income, you can expect that their mind will also be in tiptop shape.
After all, if they don’t work for mere survival, It’s where they can best contribute to your enterprise.
They Get Valuable Skills and Perspective
Want to get a well-rounded employee? Let them freelance. Imagine a therapist moonlighting graphic design or an account manager freelancing programming stints.
These employees are set up to get valuable skills in the long run. If you need new ideas, the experiences they get outside their working hours might be handy. And if you don’t allow this, you will never know that you have this arsenal.
And it didn’t cost you a cent for this extra perk.
It Expands their Network
In our respective industries, we don’t get to talk to a lot of different people. It’s the same supplier. Almost, the same type of customers. Same business contacts.
With your employees freelancing, they get to expand their network. When you need a new contact for an upcoming event, they might know a few people or to because of their after-work jobs.
Entrepreneurial Employees are Advantageous
To be a successful freelancer, you need to handle your side gigs like a business. And employing an entrepreneurial person is advantageous for your own organization.
They are creative, self-starting, and proactive. And that’s what you want for all your employees.
It Helps Them Find their Purpose
Their job under you might not exactly be their purpose in life. When you allow them to pursue their passion on top of their job, they can have a sense of fulfillment.
And a happy and fulfilled employee will more likely provide better performance. For the most part, most freelancers won’t leave their full-time jobs. Their jobs provide food for the table. And their passion projects provide nourishment to their being.
And if they decided to go, for sure, their stay in your company has provided better output than an irate unhappy employee.
Don’t Forget to Set Boundaries
If you find these helpful, you just have a few things to keep in mind before finally granting them permission.
Don’t forget to set boundaries when you permit them their side projects. Make sure that their side projects wouldn’t compete with your business. And that they don’t do it in their paid hours.
We these limits you can be sure to get mutual benefits. Goodluck!