Is your side job a “Passion Project” or a stepping stone to your new career? -The Imperfect Org


According to yahoo finance news, employers are happy when their employees have a side job or “gig”.

One of the reasons is because they are hoping this inclusion in “passion projects” helps with more dedication from the employee’s main job.

The yahoo panel stated having a side job can also add value and set you apart from other workers because you are more driven.  As a result, some employers may encourage these side jobs, and celebrate that their employees have a multitude of interest, because generally these interest may align with their main gigs competencies and make for a more valuable employee.

How do you perceive this information? 

For me, yes it is passion, but my “passion project” is also linked to reality.

Nowadays you have to carve out your own future, and staying with a company until you retire is no longer the trend and is rarely an option; I see that people either move up the ranks within a couple years of joining a company or leave.

So for me, it’s not just about having a release by working on this “passion project” or being able to be more productive in my main job.  True, it distresses, by giving me something else to focus on (sort of like a hobby) is also preparation.  It is a preparation period that I hope can open new doors for me in the future as I explore new career opportunities.

Therefore, to say it’s just a “passion project”, or something that employers can utilize to encourage new employees to stay with their company is an interesting thought.  It is also very one sided in my opinion, as it is geared not in morale, but utilization or manipulation for the organization to keep valued employees.

Am I missing something or should I also see my gig as just a “passion project”, stress reliever, or an outlet?


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Author: theimperfectorg

“Joi Su”, has been diligently working to help bridge the gap between what people expect in any organization and what they receive. Joi Su has earned a Master’s degree in Organization Development and a Bachelors in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis.

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