Why is Effective Extra-Duty Management so Important?
Managing secondary duty internally offers a number of practical long-term benefits such as:
1. Preventing Excessive “Moonlighting” and Employee Fatigue
Excessive moonlighting can contribute to employee fatigue and overwork, lack of focus, poor performance on the job, and increased sick leave. By limiting the number of hours worked by officers you can prevent these declines in safety and performance.
2. Standard Fee Policies
Fees for working secondary duty can be made fair for all parties, which helps ensure that related departmental costs are properly covered.
3. Mitigating Risks
Agencies can adequately allocate and supervise staffing of an event, ensuring proper training and certification of all staff, and overall safety for all parties. A written contract can also be created to make sure both payment and services are delivered.
4. Regulating Activity Types
Many departments forbid working certain activity types, such as liquor-primary events, or working for employers with felony records. Having agency oversight can prevent conflicts of interest.
5. Preventing Double Booking
By managing your secondary duty you can ensure that your officers are not double-booked. There will not be any conflicts with their regular schedule and you will know at all times when they are available to respond to a call-out.
Moonlighting can contribute to employee fatigue and overwork, lack of focus, poor performance on the job, and increased sick leave