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Definition: Daylighters

Daylighters are workers who manage to work two jobs during one shift. Sure, most of us wear many hats in our jobs, but daylighters actually perform tasks for two different businesses while physically present at just one of them. Some of these career jugglers perform tasks for their secondary job with the permission of their boss at their primary job, but most hide the fact from their employers.

John M. McKee, author of Career Wisdom: 101 Proven Strategies to Ensure Workplace Success, believes the trend "is being fueled by older workers not able to replace the income of an earlier single job and younger ones seeking to ease into a new vocation." If you're considering taking on responsibilities of another job while you're on the clock, be prepared to work long hours. Founder of Debbie McGrath says it is "acceptable to ask permission to perform other work during office hours, provided the time is made up."


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