It's your lunch hour and I personally believe if you can make it work then it's your business and you should do as you please.I have a dance gig every Friday at noon. I go there during my lunch hour.
Is this wrong? I know it is my lunch hour but I am always paranoid I will find my boss or someone from work there. The restaurant is about 15 mins away from the office.
I agree with this. And of course you would empasize that this dance gig wouldn't affect your ordinary job in any other way than not being available during those 80 minutes once a week. And of course say that if he/she felt this would be impossible to combine the gig with your ordinary job you would sadly part from it, but that you would prioritize your ordinary job.I agree with Sirene, while personally I think it's your time and you can do as you wish, I would definitely check your contract.
My contract (I work in Local Government in the UK) says that as a full time worker I have to inform HR if I take on any other work, particularly if it happens during the standard working day, or pushes me over a certain number of hours for the week.
I feel like it would be worth raising it with your boss, perhaps selling it as a 'this is a really fun thing for me (that just happens to earn me extra money) and I feel energised (and more productive) when I get back to my desk.'
You just made me think My employer is ok with it. But I am a contractor and I wonder if the company for which I work (contracted at) would care. I told my supervisor who is also part of our vendor company and he works directly with the people from that big high tech company just like me. He had no problem. I hope that our client doesn't either.It's your lunch hour and I personally believe if you can make it work then it's your business and you should do as you please.
Unfortunately, the state of 'Corporate America' being what it is, I would strongly recommend you look over your employment contract. There may be language in there regarding your conduct during 'normal business hours' — which includes your lunch hour — and worst case scenario, your side-gig could possibly get you fired from your primary job in the future.
Employers tend to be very possessive of their workers and their worker's time. Read your contract and make an informed decision.