Changing Company Policies on Side Jobs


Changing Company Policies on Side Jobs

Many companies in Japan do not allow their employees to work a side job. The reason behind this is that employees working longer hours can lead to reduced performance at their primary job. Another reason is that if the side job is at a rival company, it could lead to information leakage.

However, an increasing number of companies have been allowing side jobs in recent years. Specifically, companies such as Nissan, SoftBank, and Marubeni have already introduced systems to allow their employees to have multiple jobs. However, there are conditions for allowing employees to have a side job, for example: the side job must not require long hours, the employee must be able to take sufficient rest and relaxation, and the employee must not work for a rival company to the one they are currently working for.

The reason why more and more companies are allowing side jobs is that prohibiting them could lead to good employees leaving the company. Also, the side job may allow employees to gain extra skills which they can then apply to their main job.

Even at companies that do not allow side jobs, some companies allow employees to experience multiple departments within the organization, separately from their main duties, as a way to retain talented people and provide an environment in which they can gain new skills.

As more companies allow employees to engage in side jobs or provide them with opportunities to engage in tasks other than their main duties, we can expect to see a shift in the model of individuals staying with a single company for many years to come. In other words, it will be more common for individuals to work for not one but several companies.

  • side job・・副業
  • reduced performance・・パフォーマンスの低下
  • primary job・・本業
  • information leakage・・情報の漏えい
  • multiple・・複数の
  • prohibit・・禁止する
  • retain・・保持する
  • engage・・従事する
  • many years to come・・これから先もずっと
  • In other words・・言い換えれば
  • individuals・・個々の







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