How do I get some work rights back, without tattling on a coworker?
November 28, 2012 8:44 PM Subscribe
I was told that I couldn't freelance outside of my company. I said ok. Then I saw a co-worker freelancing outside of our company. What gives?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was a writer before I became a staff editor at my current company (a mid-sized corporation). When I was hired, I was told by my manager (who has since left the company) that I could keep on freelancing, but the first time I wrote a freelance article again, someone in another department told upper management. My current manager then told me that freelancing in the same industry wasn't allowed. I was fine with this, until I saw a co-worker, also a full-time employee with the same job title, write a big piece in the industry we cover, for another publication.
So, how do I tell my manager and get my freelance rights back? Will this end up hurting that other employee (I can't imagine they don't know about his piece though)? Should I just start writing again and see what happens? My one-year evaluation is coming up this month -- should I bring it up then? Also, I don't believe I signed a non-compete clause, though advice on bringing that up would be helpful too. I had a growing reputation as a writer before I took this job (which is why I was recruited and hired for this job!) so I would love to keep my name out there any way I can.