These days, the Moonlighting policy means that after 9 to 5 full-time work, the exemption to work somewhere else. There has been a nationwide debate about it. The discussion on this started with a tweet by Wipro chairman Rishad Premji, in which he said that Moonlighting was a fraud on the company. Although it is new in India, but it is actually a decades old policy and was implemented in the US in the 1960s.
Why did this issue heat up in India?
Now you understand why moonshine has suddenly become a hot topic in India. The reason for this is that during the Corona period, companies had given the facility to employees to work from home. Taking advantage of this facility, in the time of the Crown, in the midst of an environment such as layoffs, salary cuts, they began to do other things.
However, many IT companies also get their regular employees to do project-based work. In this situation, he gained a huge advantage just by getting employees willing to work for the project. Once the project was completed to these employees, it depended on the willingness of the companies not to give the next project. At the same time, giving regular employees new projects and leveraging their productivity is necessary for business growth. Along with this, it was easy for those doing regular jobs to do these project based jobs.
Many examples seen in the Corona period
How have employees moonlighted during the Corona period? Its hallmark can be found in the recent Kotak Institutional Equities report. This report said that some interesting results were revealed in the survey of 400 employees in the IT sector. 65 percent of the IT employees involved said they were busy in a part-time job while on the job or that their colleagues were also doing a different job that way.
Obviously, if employees were doing other jobs on such a large scale, companies would have been aware of it as well. It’s no surprise that this is one of the main reasons why IT companies have been calling employees to eliminate work from home for the past few months. While many surveys have also come to the fore that instead of going to the office, employees are looking for other jobs, where they can have the convenience of working from home.
Its practice in America is decades old
If you look at the ‘Technology and American Economy’ report in the library of the University of Michigan, America, in 1964, 37 thousand people used to work 2 jobs simultaneously in America. That figure was 5.2 percent of the total U.S. labor force at the time. Of these, the first work of 10 thousand people was related to the agricultural sector.
Other than that, most people’s first or second job was self-employment. After that, this trend continued in the 1980s as well. In 1980, the number of people doing multiple jobs was 4.9% and this number increased to 6.2% in 1989 and 6.6% in November 1996. After that, it has declined slightly and according to data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July 2014, 6.8 million people in the US held more than one job, which equal to 4.6 percent of the total workforce.
Last year there was a big survey
MTV’s September 2021 survey revealed some interesting information about why people like to do one job over another. According to this, 70 percent of people work two jobs simultaneously to gain popularity. 69 percent of people do other jobs to make their hobby a means of earning. On the other hand, if the resumebuilder.com survey is to be believed, 48 percent of people take other jobs to earn more for more expenses. Apart from this, many important reasons for adopting this policy have emerged.
- To reduce debt- 46%
- For savings/investment- 45%
- From experience- 43%
- By race 38%
- To eliminate boredom 33%
Giants’ opinions on moonlight
In fact, after food delivery platform Swiggy allowed moonshine, the debate on this issue intensified in the country. However, the opinions of company veterans differ on this. Like Rishad Premji, chairman of technology company Wipro, says that moonlighting in the technology industry is a hoax in plain and simple language. CP Gurnani, Managing Director, Tech Mahindra, believes that it is important to move with the times and a break in the environment in which people in the IT industry work is welcome. However, he has also insisted on revealing the moonlighting to employees.
Apart from this, Mohandas Pai, former director of Infosys, said that those starting jobs in the IT sector are paid low salaries, so they moonlight. In the Corona era, everything has become digital and employment opportunities have increased, if people do not get a good salary, they will choose the option of moonlighting to earn more money. It has become easier for people in the technological age. At the same time, the opportunities to earn more have also increased by getting paid well in dollars.
Those who rejected the policy gave this argument
Those opposed to moonlighting say that no employee doing 2 jobs simultaneously can do justice to their work. Your productivity will be affected and you will always be riding in another boat with some excuse or the other. Whereas, on the contrary, employees say that the time after work is theirs and they can do whatever they want with it. They look for work from home only because they save time by commuting to the office for one job and increase their income by using it for another job.