The changing working patterns during COVID-19 gave rise to ‘moonlighting’ among professionals in India. The emergence of such a trend could be attributed to failed talent retention strategies. Organizations must provide flexibility, attractive and equitable compensation packages, and prospects for growth to employees. Therefore, organizations must rethink their talent retention strategies for superior organizational performance.
- Moonlighting among professionals in India has increased as a result of the shifting work patterns during COVID-19.
- Moonlighting has become such a talent management challenge that it requires a variety of strategic measures to retain and develop employees.
- Effective compensation policies and flexible working conditions emerged as essential components of talent retention to curb moonlighting.
The idea of moonlighting is not new in organizations because professionals have long engaged in side businesses to supplement their income (George & George, 2022). Moonlighting is maintaining one’s principal employment while engaging in additional work or activities (Sakyi & Agomor, 2020). Working a second job on top of the primary job, known as moonlighting or having several careers, can either be done during the primary job’s working hours or in free time afterward (Polsky, 2017).