Your Job Might Not Justify a Full Workweek — Here’s What Smart Employees Are Doing About It
Since the pandemic started back in 2020, the news has been filled with headlines about people leaving their jobs en masse. The era has been dubbed the Great Resignation.
But one of the most fascinating trends to emerge isn’t people working less or leaving work altogether, it’s people who have started working multiple full-time jobs at once.
Before remote work the idea of working a second — or even a third — full-time job was unconscionable. Your boss would clearly know if you were skipping work to report to a second job.
But now it’s an opportunity for some workers to get ahead and radically change the trajectory of their lives as a result.
When you look beyond the headlines, however, there’s another trend that’s emerging. It’s not so much that workers have the technical ability to juggle multiple full-time jobs — it’s that their primary jobs aren’t meeting their needs to begin with.
This essay is going to evaluate this aspect of work. It will argue that some jobs aren’t generating enough work to justify a 40-hour workweek. Clever workers are filling their unused time with new work opportunities allowing them to achieve financial goals that may not have been possible before.
Workers are working multiple full-time jobs because they don’t have enough real work to do.
The idea of working a second job in and of itself isn’t new. According to one recent study, 44% of workers have a side hustle. But typically side hustles and part-time gigs are done on nights and weekends — not in direct competition with your full-time job.
The need to work more is indicative of a structural malaise in the economy. Work today simply does not provide the same return on investment it once did. Many workers need supplemental work to make ends meet.
But that isn’t necessarily what’s happening with individuals working multiple jobs at once. They’ve found flaws and inefficiencies and are capitalizing on them.
Take the following article as an example. The main headline notes that someone is secretly working three…