No, not the amazing 1980’s sitcom starring Cybill Shepherd and whats-his-name from Hudson Hawk. Moonlighting means
working other professional, paid jobs outside of your work at Box Products. It’s not a black and white topic. There are
one-time gigs, other pursuits, or opportunities that help you grow and make life interesting. We want to support
that. But we want to make sure professional endeavors outside of Box Products don’t create conflicts of interest or
affect your time, dedication, or performance at Box Products. So it’s a delicate balance.
With that in mind, here are some examples of what we’d consider OK and what we would consider a conflict of interest and
- An occasional side gig, free or paid, for someone you know. For example, if you want to work on a friend’s website,
or a design or writing project for something you’re involved with, that’s fine.
- An occasional speaking gig, free or paid. Someone’s going to pay you to give a talk somewhere? That’s fine as long as
it doesn’t involve multiple days off for travel (unless you use your own personal vacation time against this travel
- A side business that’s different from your day job, as long as the commitment is only a few hours a week. If you come
to work exhausted because you’re trying to start a full-time business on the side, it’s going to impact your performance
- Serve as an advisor for another company, or be on a board, as long as there’s no conflict of interest. The time
commitment must be under a few hours a month. And if there’s a scheduling conflict, Box Products gets priority.
- Do volunteer or occasional pro-bono work for a cause you’re actively involved with. A little work here and there is
fine, but for example, becoming an organization’s full-time web designer and being on the hook to work during your
standard work day, etc, would not be OK.
- You can’t work full time or part time for another company in our industry. If you’re unclear about what our industry
is, and you have a specific situation you’d like to talk about, ping Jonathan.
- Go out on a regular speaking circuit tour which is going to require multiple days of travel multiple times a year.
That’s too disruptive to our own work schedule and to your fellow teammates.
- Consult for other companies in our industry where there may be a conflict of interest (a competitor, a product
tangentially related to Box Products, etc).
- Be aggressive in marketing your availability for side work. If something comes to you through a friend or some
connection, fine, but aggressively promoting something on the side will ultimately result in a conflict of interest here
- Take on anything outside of work that’ll pull attention from work. For example, if you wanted to launch an app, but
the app requires providing timely customer support to people who use the app, that’s going to eat into your day here at
work. That would ultimately be a problem.
Here’s a few guiding principles about whether something could be a problem:
- Is it competitive?
- Does it occupy a disproportionate amount of your time?
- Does it require you to be away during times when you’re needed at work?
- Is it another paid gig that employs the same skills Box Products is paying you for?
In general we’d like to be lenient within reason, but we’re going to be strict if we see it impact your time, attention,
or performance here at work.
It’s hard to come up with one-size fits all rules. If you’re in doubt, please reach out to Jonathan. We’re always happy
to spare a moment to give our thoughts on it before you make a commitment.