Interim review – a tool to exceed expectations
EV ER E T T – If your Performan ce Management (PM) Close-out didn’t go the way you hoped, you might ask yourself
if you know what your manager expected.
That advice came from SPEEA Contract
Administrator Steve Spyridis during a recent
lunchtime PM training in the Everett Bomarc.
At the training, he shares lessons learned as a
former Boeing engineer and gives insight into
how PMs connect to retention ratings and raises.
“Every year, I get calls from people who said they
didn’t get what they expected,” he said. “But they
didn’t ask what their manager wants to see from
them in order to meet or exceed expectations.”
The Interim Review, which typically occurs
midway between the PM Define and Close-out,
is a good time to ask questions.
Cautioning against assuming you know what the
manager wants, he shared how he receives a lot
of calls at the end of the year (Close-out) from
people whose assumptions were not accurate.
“Don’t assume hard work is the equivalent of
‘meets or exceeds’ expectations,” he said.
Summarize what your manager wants from you
to achieve a ‘meets’ or ‘exceeds’ in an email to
confirm you understood your manager’s expecta-
tions. If there is no response, wait a few days and
try again. “You have to be an active participant,”
Spyridis emphasized the importance of asking
questions. For example, do you know if your PM
is written to your job level? If your manager says
you are working below your level, ask clarifying
“It’s critical you and your manager agree you are
working to your level,” he said.
Spyridis also reminded the participants to make
sure their work is reflected in their PM form.
“If not, then you’re not getting any credit for
A number of Wichita members attended
similar training with Spyridis at multiple workplace locations in May.
• Two-way – Ask questions to ensure you
understand your manager’s expectations
for a higher rating. Follow up if you’re not
hearing back from your manager. You can
have more than one Interim Review – even
if it’s just 10-15 minutes once a month.
• Document and confirm – Make the time
to not only summarize what you heard
your manager say, but also ask your
manager to review your summary of what
he/she expects. This can help you avoid
surprises and save time otherwise spent
clearing up misunderstandings.
• Raises and retentions – Want to have
more control over your raise and retention
rating? Start by having a conversation with
your manager on competencies (Salaried
Job Classification (SJC)) written on your
retention rating. They make up 60% of
your assessment score.
• Customize – You may have goals,
objectives or performance values that
seem vague and high-level. Try to figure
out how to tie them more specifically
to your work and ask your manager
for feedback. Make sure your goals are
SMART (strategic, measurable,
achievable, relevant and time-specific).
To learn more, plan to attend and/or ask your
Council Rep to schedule a PM lunchtime meeting training in the workplace.
Airplane contest takes off at Wichita STEAM City
WICHITA – A red plastic tub about three feet wide stood empty for hours –
with the signs of failed attempts to sail
a paper airplane littering the blue tarp.
Right at the end, a plane folded by
Joanne Richard soared into the bucket
at the event called Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)
City at Wichita’s Riverfest.
The 12-year old girl walked away with
a $100 prize, and SPEEA members
walked away with a sense of accomplishment for the paper airplane contest that drew about 200 children ages
five to 17.
“It was a very successful event,” noted
SPEEA Wichita Council Rep Daniel Ryan, who
helped coordinate about 30 SPEEA volunteers
who took part. “We were interacting with people
whose children might want to be an engineer. We
said come join us – this is who we are.”
Ryan has often volunteered with fellow SPEEA
members handing out flags during Wichita’s
Veterans Day parade. The Riverfest event June
5 had a different feel, he noted.
“This time, we could interact with them,” he
said. SPEEA members showed “we’re not just a
union supporting Spirit. We’re a group of really
good people who care about the community.”
Rick Nelson, another Wichita Council Rep who
volunteered, agreed. “A lot of adults came to the
booth and asked questions about SPEEA. It was
an opportunity we weren’t expecting.”
Those who accepted the challenge had
to fold a paper airplane and try to land
it in the bucket from the second floor
of the Century Two building. They
could choose from one of four pre-
printed designs (with dotted lines and
a sequence of numbers for folding),
or they could design their own plane.
Each plane carried the SPEEA logo.
Council Rep Aaron Kitterman, one of
the volunteers, noted the connection
he saw people make between airplanes
and the professional aerospace union.
“The event got people excited about
what the union is.”
In addition to the booth and the paper
airplane contest, SPEEA Sam, a kid-
friendly robot, entertained crowds
of all ages. Council Rep Carla Stroot’s fam-
ily ‘personalized’ a platform robot on loan from
Spirit AeroSystems for the STEAM City event.
Participants could make SPEEA Sam ‘dance.’
“Young and old loved playing with it,” Stroot
said. See more of the story in the June 17 SPEEA
News online at www.speea.org.
Riverfest event a success