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The Remote Tech Worker Secretly Has Multiple Jobs



Although many technology companies are still far away from the outbreak, there was an emerging Reddit community called r/Overemployed that has 92,300 members and offers advice as well as tips. how to Workers can manage multiple tasks without anybody noticing. This is how employees who have been released from their workplaces are able operate quietly.

Marten runs a weekly advice session on the community’s Discord channel to help people “optimize their earning potential,” but doesn’t believe there are that many people actually working multiple remote jobs. “I’d venture to say that for every 100 people interested in doing it, only 20 are capable of pulling it off, and of that number, only half actually do,” says Marten, who is also US-based. Marten is one of these people. Marten is a senior manager consultant who works 70 hours a week. He earns $150,000 to $220,000 per month.

Greg, who is doing two tech jobs from his home in California and earns an annual salary of $200,000, feels the crunch when he’s working toward several deadlines simultaneously. He deals with diary clashes by refusing certain meetings, saying that “a couple of lies never hurt them, provided they get good work.”

Recently though, his second job asked to tag him in a LinkedIn post—which would, of course, have alerted his first job to his predicament. “I told them a doctored truth, that I was getting hounded by recruiters, so I decided to hibernate my account,” Greg explains. “I expect these clashes will continue because the work culture in the United States is a death cult. I just have to suck it up until I can retire.”

Most people’s overemployed journeys begin with a second job offer and a concrete financial goal. Greg wanted to pay off his student loans and fund home ownership, and takes pride in the fact that he’s no longer living paycheck to paycheck. Abel wanted to save four months’ salary as a downpayment for his home. With the encouragement of the community, the temptation to accept another job grows as they become more comfortable leading double, triple and quadruple careers. Greg, who is seeking his third position, has his eyes on early retirement. Abel however recognizes how difficult it can be to stop taking on more jobs. “If I had no kids and no responsibilities, I’d probably be on job seven,” he says.

From a legal point of view, it’s a little murky. Most employment contracts will have some sort of exclusivity provision, which outlines that the employee will dedicate their working hours to the job and won’t work for someone else, and certainly not a competitor. “Having a second job in those circumstances would clearly be in breach of contract,” says Beth Hale, a partner at law firm CM Murray LLP who specializes in employment law. “But there’s a good argument to say that even without any clauses in a contract, working simultaneously on another full-time role is not acting in the best interests of your employer, because you can’t possibly do multiple full-time jobs, can you?”

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