The pandemic has affected many companies and employees. With layoffs, hiring freezes and remote working conditions it has brought both chaos and new opportunities for some. Though remote work allows for a better work-life balance, some workers have taken advantage of the newfound ability. A recent post by Canopy’s CEO Davis Bell stated they fired two employees after finding out they were holding two engineering jobs at the same time. These employees never left their previous position prior to starting at Canopy. They doubled their income while working the same shifts remotely. This is not only a breach of employment contracts but also lets down the teams they work for. This directly caused other team members to pick up any incomplete work due to the dishonest employee juggling two jobs at once. Canopy isn’t the only company to experience this situation, studies have found many guilty and making up to $600,000 a year.
Employers may want to consider taking the extra step to verify with the previous employer that termination and has happened, confirming the employee left the company or that work hours are different from each other. It is only dishonest for an employee to be working two full time jobs during the same hours of the day. Though, allowing or being blindsided by an employee juggling two remote positions at once can risk your company’s assets. If the employee is working for a competitor, they may leak classified information that can provide advantages to the competitor and cause destruction within your company. It’s unfortunate that occurrences of this sort are happening more and more, as cost of living is increasing, that employees are taking advantaged of remote work to earn more and take opportunities away from others in need. Remote work has provided so many benefits for workers across the globe, it would be unfortunate to see it be revoked due to dishonest employees.
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