January 8, 2008 2:26 PM EST
Greeting SUN and Cube Dweller Forum. I am new to the site, but a long time cube dweller/entrepreneur wannabe.
Here`s my quandary. I have a full-time job as an engineer, but I`d like to start a side business. One of my more reasonable ideas is to do some professional contract work on the side. I would not offer the same type of work I do for my employer (it wouldn`t even be actual engineering), but while it`s not something where I`d be competing with my employer, I think it borders on violating our strict outside employment policy.
I`d like the forum`s input on this policy.
An employee should not engage in any outside activity or employment that interferes with the performance of assigned duties with [X]. This interference includes the inability to work overtime hours requested by management.
Outside employment that constitutes a conflict of interest is expressly prohibited. This
includes working for competitors of [X] or performing duties whereby the employee is competing with the firm. It also includes working for suppliers of materials, equipment or services purchased or specified by [X]. To reiterate, an employee shall not undertake to perform or provide professional or technical services other than those assigned by [X].
Now, I know someone will say that you should know what you sign up for when you take a job, but I`m sure no one asks about the outside employment policy in an interiew.
Are most corp policies this strict? Do you think I really would be bound to not providing ANY technical/professional services, as I`ve interpretted. Or would the less-strict interpretation of just being available for OT, not working for competitors or suppliers, etc. be your interpretation?
Thanks for the feedback.
ayjay1/8/2008 8:27 PM