I have recently taken a hobby to a professional level outside of my full-time job. I am really excited about this new opportunity and want to share my excitement with my co-workers. Is there a way to do this without making my current job appear less important to me?
Dear Double Time Dude,
Thanks for the question. You are like many others who are looking for additional jobs these days to cover expenses or heading back to school to advance their degrees.
You are one of the lucky ones who actually really enjoys what they are doing on the side. But what tends to happen among all the excitement and buzz about a new gig is that others may perceive this change as you losing interest in your current position. They may wonder whether or not this new venture will impact your performance, dedication to the team, and reliability in the future. It also may stir up concerns that you may be planning on making a quick exit out of your position — all of which sounds like what you don’t want to happen.
To make this a smooth transition, I would first notify your supervisor of your new opportunity. Before you take on any additional work, make sure it will not interfere with any obligations or projects you are currently working on. Most supervisors will be thrilled to hear that you have taken on additional responsibilities but just need reassurance that you are still dedicated to your role at the company. Also, double-check with your HR supervisor that there is no conflict of interest.
Once you get the all clear from your boss and HR supervisor, it’s time to share the news! If you work in a team environment, let them know how excited you are and think of ways to explain how this change will have a positive impact on your performance in the group. It is important that, after your announcement, you restrict conversations to Show and Tell time, lunch breaks, or outside-the-office conversations — especially if what you’re doing is irrelevant to what the team is trying to accomplish.
My last piece of advice is to keep your two ventures separate. When you are at Job A, be fully entrenched in it. Same goes for Job B or your classes.
Readers – are you trying to balance school and work or two jobs? How are you managing, and how have your supervisor and co-workers reacted to the news?
Wishing you success,