Business is filled with buzzwords that come and go. Some are common, others are not. A new word for me? Slashing. The word ‘slasher’ refers to the slash sign, as in ‘/’, and refers to people who engage in several vocations simultaneously. Although it’s a new word for me, it’s not a new phenomenon. For years employees have engaged in side hustles and interests outside their full-time job.
However, times are changing and slashers are on the rise. According to software company Zapier, a recent study found that 40 percent of Americans dabbled in a side hustle in 2022, compared to 34 percent in 2020.
While it might not seem like it at first glance, workplace experts say that slashers can be excellent employees even though their time and attention are pulled in multiple directions. Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to Slash Career, says, “Hiring a slasher is a winning strategy for both surviving and prospering in today’s changing economy.”
Why? Think about it… Slashers are a modern tribe of workers. They have two or three jobs, and dabble in varied and sometimes radically different environments. These people dare to go against the flow, do things differently from everyone else, and juggle different cultures. Agile adaptation experts and pioneers, slashers define the future of work.
Jill, What Can I Do? As a manager or leader, have an open mind and be flexible. Remember, 40 percent of Americans dabbled in a side hustle in 2022. In many cases, these are your trailblazers and adventurists, so – as long as they are performing for you – work with them and give them the space and freedom they need to thrive – not only in your organization but in others as well.