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Our Policy On Moonlighting

Moonlighting is the concept of working other professional, paid jobs outside of your work at ScaleMath. This is not a black-and-white topic. 

There is one-time work as well as opportunities that help you grow and make life interesting. We want to support that. But, it’s incredibly important to everyone we support at this company that professional endeavors outside of ScaleMath do not create conflicts of interest or affect your time, dedication, or performance at ScaleMath. 

All in all, 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, therefore, not OK: 

5.1 – OK

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 time).

A side business that’s different from your day job, as long as the commitment is only a handful of 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 here.

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, ScaleMath 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.

5.2 – Not OK

You absolutely cannot 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 Alex Panagis.

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 ScaleMath, or the companies you’re involved in as a part of your work at ScaleMath, etc).

Be active/open 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 at work.

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.

5.3 – In general

Here are some principles to help you judge whether something could be a problem:

  1. Is it competitive?
  2. Does it occupy a notable amount of your time?
  3. Does it require you to be away during times when you’re needed at work?
  4. Is it another paid gig that employs the same skills ScaleMath is paying you for?

If you answer yes to any (not all, any) of the above – let Alex Panagis know. 

In general, we would like to be lenient when possible, but we are 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 are unsure at all, reach out to Alex Panagis. I’m always more than happy to spare a moment to give my thoughts on it before you make a commitment that may affect your relationship with us.

Updated on February 12, 2024

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