First and foremost, thank you for asking this important question!
To answer your question quite simply: yes, your outside activities could have an effect on your job — whether it affects your job negatively or not is totally dependent on the types of activities you are participating in.
If you aren't sure if you're outside activities hurt your chances of retaining your job, maybe it would be a good idea to break down these activities and think about partaking in them before you do. Naturally, taking part in any illegal activities will likely present some work-related tension, so being sure to not break any laws or doing things that could cause issues in your workplace should be of utmost importance to you.
Playing sports or joining clubs is a great way to stay active in the community and might not have that big of an impact on your job; you run the risk of sustaining out of work injuries, but that's the "game" you play when you are out participating in sports-related events. I participate in outside activities like basketball and fishing, and they do not have any impact on my work life.
My advice: take a look at your company's core values are and see how well your outside activities match up those values. If they don't seem to overlap negatively, you are probably safe to continue these activities.
If the activities you are participating are illegal or go against your company's core values, then it might be time to reconsider what you are doing outside of work.
Most importantly, it all comes down to your happiness in your workplace. There should be some type of understanding between you and your employer that lays the foundation of what is acceptable and what is not, both inside and outside the office. If you are still unsure, ask your HR representative or your boss if your outside activities are deemed acceptable by your company's standards.
With that being said, though, everyone is different; take this advice with a grain of salt.
Using your best judgment before partaking in life-altering events will always be your best bet, but if you are unsure, do not be afraid to ask for help from your family, friends, coworkers or someone you trust.
I hope this advice helps and I wish you all the best during your career and all of your future endeavors!
Rob recommends the following next steps:
- This article, created by Boston.com, talks about "how outside activities accelerate your career at work". You should give it a look and see if you find any similarities with your life within this article. Again, I hope this advice has helped you and I wish you all the best! http://archive.boston.com/business/blogs/global-business-hub/2013/09/how_outside_act.html