Working Two Jobs Has Greater Impact on Family Life Than Professional Life

By: Marie Donlon

The common misconception about those holding down two jobs at once is that the employee might have more allegiance to one job over the other or will perform better in one position while only giving a fraction of the effort to the other position. Not so, according to research recently published in the Journal of Business and Psychology. In fact, according to the findings, it isn’t the jobs that suffer from “moonlighting” but the employees’ personal and familial relationships that tend to take a hit.

Led by Brian Webster of Ball State University, researchers conducted two studies of those working two or more jobs, concentrating on factors such as work engagement and behavior.

According to the findings from both studies, people who held two or more jobs did not rank one job over the other and were equally committed to both companies and coworkers. Likewise, they also performed well at both positions.

However, dual job holders reported experiencing greater work/family conflict due to the time spent away from home.

"Although dual jobholders do not appear to be hurting the organizations in which they work, they may instead be hurting their lives outside of work," explained Webster.

So while the research suggests that companies don’t necessarily need policies to prevent employees from taking on a second job, in terms of personal life, they might not recommend it.

"However, given the negative, personal effects of holding two jobs and the impact it has on work-family conflict, organizations may be inclined to enact policies that help dual jobholders strike a healthy balance between work life and home life," added Webster.