Whether it’s out of desire or necessity, many people are choosing the flexibility, freedom, and variety of polywork. Could the approach work for you?
What is Polywork?
First things first: What is polywork? Polywork is simply the practice of taking on multiple jobs.
So why the catchphrase? Since the pandemic began, the concept of working multiple jobs – and even having multiple careers – has gained serious momentum. How many times have you read that someone has taken up a freelancing position or started their own side company since 2020?
Truly this is the era of reinvention. Polywork allows employees to widen their skill sets and career opportunities by flowing from one job to the next.
Polywork allows employees to widen their skill sets and career opportunities by flowing from one job to the next.
Now, let’s look at some of the advantages of polywork.
Having a flexible job doesn’t just mean working remotely anymore. Variety is the spice of life and if you grew up watching YouTube or Instagram videos, you understand having multiple interests. Millennials and Gen Z are less interested in pigeonholing themselves into one career space and want a chance to explore.
If you can relate, you may love the freedom of going from one job to another throughout the day. You don’t have to be tied down to a desk 9-5 anymore. If you have chosen a more stressful career path, you may also enjoy having something on the side that is easy and more lighthearted (like becoming a dog walker or writing for a gaming site).
Millennials and Gen Z are less interested in pigeonholing themselves into one career space and want a chance to explore.
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2. Money-Making Hobby
Are you a great photographer? Did you start making bread during the pandemic and never really stop? Now could be the time to monetize your favorite hobby. If you love cooking, take up a part-time job in the food industry. If you love social media, consider writing or filling in on a marketing team as a temp. Instead of trying to make a job fit you, look for a job that naturally aligns with your talent.
If you are really drawn to something, it will be easier for you to invest enough time to get enough to be paid well. Letting yourself experience multiple jobs also gives you the breathing room to figure out what brings you the most joy and fulfillment.
Letting yourself experience multiple jobs also gives you the breathing room to figure out what brings you the most joy and fulfillment.
3. Captain Your Financial Ship
With higher inflation, making a little extra cash can help you breathe a little easier. Maybe you need to pay off student loans, build your emergency fund, or save up for a special vacation or other large purchase. If so, consider taking on a temp assignment to increase your income. Also, if your company goes through a layoff, guess who will have multiple streams of income to cushion their account? Taking the polywork approach puts you in charge of your financial future.
4. Diversify Your Skills
If you’ve been doing the same thing for the last few years, it might be time to broaden your work experience. Taking an intentional approach to diversifying your skills makes you more marketable. After all, the investment that will always have the highest ROI is the one you make in yourself.
As you explore other work options, you may find that you’re great at one of them – and you may even decide to switch the focus of your career altogether! Or, you may add a job and decide it’s not right for you. Either way, you will have more experience which will help you stand out to employers down the road.
Taking an intentional approach to diversifying your skills makes you more marketable.
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5. Avoid the Pitfalls
The daily reality of Polywork can be a little challenging; juggling multiple roles requires careful planning and balancing multiple priorities. Thinking ahead will make it work for you so you aren’t a slave to the jobs.
Set boundaries up front and be ruthless about managing your schedule. If you freelance, have a set time when you close the computer each night. If you work multiple jobs, make sure you are scheduling enough time to eat, sleep, and socialize. Working hard is great; workaholism is a disease. Take care of your mental health and prioritize your well-being above all.
If you’ve never worked multiple jobs, you may need an adjustment period – so give yourself grace as you learn a new rhythm.
How a Staffing Agency Can Help
If you’re ready to try polywork, part-time and temporary roles through staffing firms are a great place to start. Talk to a recruiter to determine what types of jobs you’re qualified for and how to take the next step. Think of employment agencies as your ally as you conquer the polywork world: The opportunities are endless, and your next side job could launch an entirely new career for you!
If you need help building a great team at your company, connect with the group at Harvard Resource Solutions. We provide the talented candidates your organization needs. Schedule a meeting with us at your earliest convenience.
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