No one is immune to the temptation of an extra paycheck. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to be overworked, then you might be surprised to learn that there is actually a name for this phenomenon: overemployment.

According to the overemployed population, this concept is far from new and has been known as an open secret in the tech world for years. However, the pandemic accelerated the trend as the remote work climate has made it easier than ever for people to juggle multiple careers.

Overemployed individuals are those who have committed themselves full-time to two or more jobs simultaneously. This can be anything from bartending on weekends to teaching yoga classes during the week. These folks usually juggle multiple gigs for financial reasons (i.e., they need more money) or because they enjoy multitasking and being productive.

While some might argue that a side hustle is just an extension of your 9-5, what makes these folks different is their commitment level and ability to balance multiple responsibilities at once without compromising quality or efficiency.

Multiple jobs are becoming more and more common. Whether it’s because of a lack of full-time positions or the desire to maintain a flexible lifestyle, people are taking on multiple roles as they search for meaningful work.

Although the money is certainly appealing, the overemployed principles guide you to invisibility; they suggest that you get your work done quietly and without much effort so that you are never really noticed. This can rob you of any feelings of pride or purpose as you are discouraged from forming deep connections with colleagues or becoming too passionate about your work.

There are numerous reasons why people choose to work two jobs. Some of these include:

Higher Income

It’s not uncommon for someone who works two jobs to earn more than someone working a single full-time job; they might also get benefits that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Sense of Control

Working multiple jobs allows you more control over your schedule and helps you avoid the rigid structure of a 9-to-5 job. You may also be able to make more money if your second job is in an area where there is high demand and low supply, such as real estate or healthcare.


Some people work two jobs because it gives them greater financial security — especially when one employer forces them out or fails to pay. In this case, having another source of income can help these individuals avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure on their homes.

1. In some cases it might be technically legal to take on a second role, but it is certainly ethically questionable.

There are several concerns when it comes to having overemployed individuals on your staff. Top concerns include the potential misuse of your confidential information and a slow degradation of company culture. 

2. There are several preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that your company is legally and culturally discouraging people from taking multiple jobs.

The first step is to have an open dialogue with your employees about their workload and the time they spend on each job. This will allow them to feel comfortable discussing their workload in person or through email, which is much more effective than sending out an impersonal survey or memo asking them how they feel about their job responsibilities.

3. Another step you can take is to require all employees to fill out timesheets weekly or monthly, which will help you keep track of how much time each employee spends at work versus outside of work (this may also discourage them from spending too much time on other projects). 

When it comes to employment, there are two sides: the employer and the employee. As an employer, you want to make sure your employees are happy with their jobs and stay with you for as long as possible. As an employee, you want to keep yourself happy and be sure that you’re receiving fair compensation for your work.

However, there’s often a third party involved in the mix — other employers who are willing to pay more or offer better benefits than your company does. This means that some employees may be tempted to take on multiple jobs at once.

Companies have found success when implementing a version of some of the following policies:

– Employers enforcing an outside employment policy 

– Employers asking employees to disclose and seek approval for all other employment 

– Employers setting intellectual property protection standards 

– Employers enforcing a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement 

Keep in mind that you should always advise your legal counsel as laws vary by state. 

Thank you, 

Your VertiSource HR Team

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