Ed Wells’ survey data shows value
By Maria Nelson
Ed Wells Partnership SPEEA co-director
The Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) is con- tinually reaching out to our students and stakeholders to hear your thoughts. As
part of this effort, EWP conducts an employee
and manager survey periodically to get a sense
of overall satisfaction and obtain input for ways
to improve our programs and services.
Here’s a high level summary of the results. More
information can be found on our website on the
Boeing intranet at edwells.web.boeing.com.
All SPEEA-represented Techs, engineers and their
managers received an email with the survey link in
May. Approximately 10% of the Tech and engineer bargaining units responded. Responses across
business units (Boeing Commercial Airplanes,
Engineering, Operations and Technology, Boeing
Defense and Shared Services) were proportional to
the population of SPEEA-represented employees
in each of those business units.
The most popular EWP programs are classes,
Boeing Education Network (BEN) broadcasts
and book clubs – ranked in that order in terms
For those who haven’t used EWP programs since
January 2013, the stated reasons were in this order:
• Too busy with my work statement
• No programs of interest
• Not selected to attend
• Not familiar with EWP
• My manager did not approve
Managers indicated their reasons for not approv-
ing employee requests for on-hours classes were
• Organizational workload
• Lack of training budget
• EWP offerings don’t meet
The vast majority of respondents indicated they (or their employees) apply and share the knowledge
they gain from EWP, although manager responses were lower than employees:
Applied Knowledge Shared Knowledge
Tech Prof Managers Tech Prof Managers
Yes 78.3% 82.7% 65.7% 73.6% 77% 49.2%
No 5.3% 5.4% 32.8% 8.6% 10.5% 38.5%
N/A 16.5% 12.0% 1.6% 17.7% 12.5% 12.3%
When asked if they would participate in off-hours EWP events, nearly double the number of
employees responded positively rather than negatively. There was a slight preference for lunchtime events vs. Saturday and evening events,
with a large portion of the survey participants
(approximately one-third) selecting neutral/no
A high percentage of managers said that EWP
programs are of value to their employees (94.7%)
and to Boeing (93.1%).
They also indicated positive impacts on employee job performance and satisfaction:
E WP offerings
Agree 59% 76.6%
Neutral 38.8% 20.3%
Disagree 2.4% 3.1%
Employees and managers are familiar with EWP
programs and value them, although approximately 20% of the employees and their managers indicate that EWP has not yet offered class
topics of interest to them.
There are strong feelings both in support and
opposition to EWP scheduling a majority of
classes off hours. Many employees are undecided as to which type of off-hours scheduling
they prefer. Managers agree that EWP programs
have value and provide a positive impact to both
employees and Boeing.
Many new class titles were suggested, which will
be considered for 2016. EWP will offer virtual
“EWP 101” sessions in the next few months
targeting three career spectrums (early, mid and
late-career) employees to explain EWP programs
that are of interest to their peers and to hear
comments and ideas. EWP will continue to offer
classes off hours (Saturdays, lunchtime and evenings) and will evaluate students’ preferences.
We thank everyone who took the time
to respond to this survey.
Changes to vision provider network
Boeing is changing the administrator for the vision hardware benefit which could potentially affect whether your optometrist is ‘in-network.’ The change will take effect
Jan. 1, 2016. Boeing is required to provide the
level of benefits identified in your contract,
which includes having a network of providers
adequate to service the needs of the membership.
If you have a concern, talk to your optometrist
to determine if they have contracted with Davis
Vision. Non-network benefits are available if
your provider decides not to participate with
Davis Vision, but your costs will typically be
higher than if you used an ‘in-network’ provider.
If your optometrist is not planning on contracting with Davis Vision, you may want to schedule
your routine eye exam and receive your glasses/
contacts before January.
More information will be provided prior to
Boeing’s annual open enrollment this fall. The
current administrator is Vision Service Plan.