seankohmescher wrote:Should a staff member do outside training or should it be paid to the business if they are contacted at work individually regarding the services?
Um, if I understand the question, you have staff who conduct training, who are getting other approaches outside of work to do more training.
I have worked (and still do) in IT for years, in various capacities. The rule of thumb that seemed to work really well was to step through each approach
- Is it a client? - no brainer - don't cross the line - any work is billed through the boss!
- Could it be a client? - no brainer - tell the boss you have a possible new client, is it of interest, if not you will do it anyway. The response determines the outcome, and if the Boss says we don't want the work, you / the employee can persue the work outside work hours.
- would never be a client - good form says tell the boss you are doing it
- is it a friend? discuss the situation with the boss and run with the decision. Often the only reason a friend asks for help is they want it done in return for another favour - clear it with the boss if there is a chance of a conflict.
I ran those basic rules from both sides of the equation. Indeed I actively encouraged one staff member to chase extra work - the upskill was of benefit to both him and the company.
Equally, I have done work for charities, and occaisionally with full consent of my employer during work hours.
seankohmescher wrote:Or does it even matter how they are contacted because the company is the one who has trained them?
I guess I would say apply the rules above
seankohmescher wrote:It is obvious that if a company was contacted for training that the company would bill them, but what about an individual?
Aside from a friend asking a friend for help, I would apply the above rules. If someone has a cash issue, surely that is part of the discussion and parameters for training or whatever it is they want?
I have a day job that has no conflict with our coffee business. However, the seperation is complete - except when my boss asks me for information about coffee... So most of my clients don't know I have any association with coffee, those that do were not told by me about the coffee. That seperation is my call, and what I am comfortable with. It means when my boss asks, I can say without hesitation there is no crossover (aside from I use my office as a shipping point)
Somewhere in there is the right level of seperation, and it needs to work well for you as the boss, and the staff as employees.
I have always let staff do homejobs with company resources as I see it as a means to extend skills, as long as I am not as the employer losing revenue or incurring extra costs.
thats my thoughts...