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Working Two Jobs Could Lead To Family Conflict

A study found that job performance isn't an issue when working two jobs compared to one, but there may be more work-family conflict.

STATEWIDE -- The holiday season is upon us and you might be thinking about getting a second job. But a recent university study found that having a second job may lead to more conflict within your family.

Byran Webster, an assistant professor at Ball State University, was involved in the study, called "Is Holding Two Jobs Too Much? An Examination of Dual Job Holders." 

Webster said people who hold two or more jobs reported a much higher work-family conflict than those who have one job. 

"It's going to be a big undertaking, specifically in non work parts of life. Family parts of life--leisure, hobbies, rest--those are the things that are going to take a hit," Webster told WIBC.

Webster said there is little research done on the topic of dual jobholders, even though many people juggle two jobs. In 2016, 7.2 million Americans worked two jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The study found that work-life balance, not job performance or engagement, is the biggest issue for people who hold two jobs.

"Dual job holders are able to perform just a well as people who have one job, they're just as engaged, they lend a helping hand just as much as those who only have one job," Webster said. "It's at the end of the work day where people might see conflict. 

The study found that on average dual jobholders work an average of 46.8 hours per week, this compares to the average American employee who works 38.6 hours per week. This means dual jobholders may come home to their families and not have a lot of energy to devote to them.

Webster said plenty of people, including his friends and family, were able to thrive despite holding two jobs. The best way to manage is to make schedules easier, he advises. People could work the second job on the weekends or take the weekends off to be with their families. 

"There were a lot of people, family and friends of mine, who held two jobs and were able to thrive in their situation," he said.

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