Korgaonkar K A
Autumn Jane
Workplace Happiness

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I am a full time employee with an e-learning company which is also a market leader into stationery. I am working with them as a trainer and it involves giving product related training to school teachers. Though I like this work but I don't have enough of it. When there is no training scheduled, I am idle. I have been thinking to speak to my boss if I can work with them on assignment basis or per training basis. This way the company would also save their costs and I also can get into other ventures.
What is the possibility for the same? Kindly guide.

From India, Pune
Dear Sneha ji,
In each thing, there is a merit and demerit. Right now you are in full time employment with reputed company. You have to resign from it to switch over to assignment. You will loose your seniority, service, retirement and other benefits. In assignments, you will be rewarded only for the assignments accomplished.
If you have enough assignments from various other places to keep you engage and you expect to get better rewards, you can take the decision accordingly.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Sneha

I am wearing the business-owner hat to answer your queries with these assumptions:

1. The training you are conducting are aftersales training

2. You know your products well and doing a great job at these training sessions (your strength)

3. You love your job and the company (you want to save cost for the company) (company's strength - high employee engagement as employee willing to go extra mile)

Since this is a reputed company (company's strength), hiring based on assignments may not be aligned with the company's branding strategy. A full-time staff is readily and easily deployed to meet clients' needs vs someone who is on assignment basis and engagement may be based on first-come-first-serve basis. As this is product training, you may be prohibited to take on similar assignments with other companies due to confidentiality issue and competition clause.

As I am a practising Positive Psychology (which is about strength-based approach) consultant, my suggestion is to leverage on the current strengths (as highlighted above) to achieve an outcome that is win-win for the company and yourself.

In addition to conducting aftersales training, work with your sales & marketing department to create sharing workshops for clients. These workshops should not be laden with sales pitch but with objective of creating awareness and knowledge sharing of a cause (in this case, elearning). You can share about trends of elearning; pros & cons of elearning; research survey on elearning, etc. You can also invite some of your satisfied clients that have implemented elearning to share about their experiences (the best sales generator)....

The marketing team can customise and send out eDM to schools inviting them to attend the workshop; you get to conduct these workshops; and when the attendees are impressed with your knowledge and consider you an expert in the area, they will come back to your company to enquire more or buy your products and services. Once they buy your company's products & services, this translates to increased sales; your aftersales training will increased and you will be so occupied that you don't even have time to worry about wasting company's money and being idle most of time.

Hope this is helpful and have a positive week ahead!


Autumn Jane

From Singapore, Singapore
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