The number of Australians working more than one job has risen by 9.2%, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The data shows that in the six years to June 2016 64,000 more Australians took on extra work.
The industry with the most secondary job workers was administrative and support services, with health care and social assistance not far behind. This means that workers with full time jobs are picking up extra shifts on the weekends, during the evening or overnight.
One big issue causing full time workers to take on extra work is wages not being able to cover the cost of living.
But also, job seekers are struggling to find full time work. They have to take on more than one part time job to make up a full week. According to OECD Australia has one of the highest rates of part time employment across the globe, making up more than a quarter of employment.
Working two jobs often means they don’t have the necessary time to recuperate. If they’re working evenings or overnight as well as during the day, they will come into work exhausted and unmotivated and this begins to affect their work.
As an employer you have to expect you will have staff with secondary jobs, particularly as the number is on the rise.
As their employer you should try to be as flexible as possible. If they are working more than one job, work with them to see if changing their hours for you slightly would help. Whether you employ them part time or full time, or with shifts, be as flexible as you can to make sure they are not overworked.
Think about benefits you could offer to help them. For employees in hospitality or retail, stipends to cover the cost of food or discounts for products might be a big help. It could be to save them money or to make sure they aren’t skipping meals to get to work, or just to make sure they feel appreciated.
The key thing is to make sure you are in constant discussion with your employees. Understand their needs for working two jobs, if it is appropriate. Most importantly keep on top of how they are feeling, whether they feel overwhelmed or too tired. Keep talking to them about their working patterns and do what you can to ensure a smooth working week for them.