There is a very provocative thought at the center of this article: employees with a side gig are more motivated, more engaged and more effective in their full-time job. The author is posing the premise that exercising our entrepreneurial inclination actually creates a more positive feeling about our day-to-day job.
In some companies, this can be tricky, even against corporate policy. Of particular concern is the nature of the side business. Is it competitive? Do the work hours overlap, creating a conflict in focus? Policy on this will have to be considered carefully.
All the concerns aside, who doesn’t want more engaged employees? Even if that means we don’t have 100% of their work day.
No matter how successful an employee is, the reality is that they have their own goals and they expand further than the company they work for. Research conducted by Bentley University found, 66% of millennials want to start their own business. Companies who cling to the traditional corporate versus entrepreneur mentality risk losing their best employees sooner than if they embraced their entrepreneurial goals.