At the Engineering Design Center, we do our best to ensure that all the individuals employed are aware of their full development potential. Training is an inseparable part of our corporate reality. We emphasize the importance of continuous improvement. Our ambition is to build a strong organization with the participation of fully-fledged managers and thoroughly committed employees. We provide them with a set of tools that support their development and help them expand their horizons according to their individual needs.
In 2019 we held:
- 304 preliminary training sessions for new employees
- 40 language courses
- 264 technical training sessions
- 103 training courses developing soft skills and Project Management Skills
- 429 training sessions on labor standards, entitlements and provisions in force
- 45 training sessions developing leadership skills
In total, there was 1,529 training sessions in 2019, that attracted 9,303 participants.
“Soft skills” trainings
Our training courses on soft competences are designed to help our employees acquire and improve their interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. The meetings take the form of workshops – carried out in medium-sized groups (around a dozen of people) by a trainer who is simultaneously an expert in each field. During the training sessions, our employees learn new behaviors, have an opportunity to practice and discuss them with the group, as well as plan the way they want to utilize this knowledge in the future. Soft training courses are selected by our employees themselves, depending on their needs. Alternatively, they can be referred to such trainings courses by trainings by their superiors. Participation in our workshops generates a series of practical benefits that can be used in everyday life and constitutes an excellent source of inspiration for managing one’s work, projects and team.
To enhance their professional qualifications and gain more opportunities for development, employees, with the consent of their manager, enroll in training sessions dedicated to technical issues. Each employee’s development path includes both mandatory training and courses which can be attended in one’s free time.
Technical trainings are divided into:
- stationary – conducted on site, on EDC premises, by our qualified and experienced specialists;
- global – conducted in English via an Internet messenger or by telepresence.
People who lead teams at EDC, can also participate in trainings dedicated to them. There are obligatory trainings that are assigned to each person, who is promoted to People Leader role e.g. Leadership training for new manager. Also, organization provide external/internal trainings ‘on demand’ where Manager decide which competences, he/she wants to develop.
CoSE (Centre of Skills Excellence) Trainings
As part of the improvement process, we provide our employees with training courses that develop their non-technical skills as well. Thanks to the workshops conducted by internal trainers, the participants expand their knowledge and improve the skills that help them achieve greater efficiency at work and in private life. These training sessions are available to all employees and are held outside of their working hours.
The priority for each employee is to gain the status of a professional in his/her field. As an employee friendly organization supporting the professional goals of our employees, we make it possible for our specialists to take advantage of various development programs.
Such programs differ across our organization. We mostly offer goal-oriented programs, so that our employees can concentrate on the objectives they have set at a specific time. These programs are diversified and dependent on numerous variables, including experience. The employees use a tool based on functional models, allowing them to assess their level of knowledge and plan their own technical development. A useful tool for planning their professional career is offered by matrices with templates of technical and soft competences, specified at the levels of the employment structure. Using such matrices, our employees analyze their specific skills and predispositions, and then, based on the observations, receive a dedicated development path directed towards the selected area. The matrices stimulate employees to learn, as well as allow them, despite the rush of daily activities, to still focus on the future and their own development. They are also useful to the management of our organization in their daily managerial activities, in assigning tasks or planning the workload. Thanks to competence matrices, we can discern and monitor the path leading to an ideal state in which we have a fully flexible, cross-trained team.
Furthermore, our organization has implemented the process of “exchange”, which makes it possible for employees to acquire knowledge about projects executed in each of the departments. The benefit of this solution is the possibility of exchanging views and experiences between employees of the same business area, openness to new solutions and attempts to diversify the work. The criteria for the exchange are manifold – the employees migrate between departments within specific program or as a result of available resources in the particular teams. This process is intensified by the employees’ participation in technical discussion groups, where engineers at all levels can, on a broader forum, exchange information about state-of-the-art methods, technologies and processes, as well as share their ideas and newly developed solutions, thereby stimulating innovation
Mentoring at the EDC was developed to address the specific needs of our staff, as a form of support for employees in their quest to achieve their individual goals. This cooperation is based on knowledge sharing. The receptiveness to dialogue and employees’ opinions are the foundation of our organizational culture. The mentoring process involves all the employees at our center. Activities involve mutual inspiration, stimulation and counselling by specialized experts in specific fields, as well as assistance in achieving success by our talented staff. We place great emphasis on the partner-based nature of the mentor- employee relationship. It offers much freedom – each employee can choose his/her own mentor or ask his/her superior for assistance. The role of a mentor is entrusted to experienced employees of the company, who have extensive experience and knowledge in each area, as well as highly developed personal and social competences. As a supervisor of an employee’s professional development, a mentor supports his mentee in solving any emerging problems and provides her/him with specialist knowledge about the work performed. Furthermore, mentors help their mentees follow their individual career paths tailored to their needs and expectations. An unquestionable advantage of mentoring in our organization is the growing commitment of employees to their work, the strengthening of internal communication and good atmosphere both within a team and across the entire EDC. Mentoring at the EDC has so far been mainly informal in nature. A more formalized form of mentoring is offered by the One GE Mentoring Program, which pairs up mentoring individuals from various GE sites in Poland, as well as fosters the exchange of knowledge and creation of relationships between various businesses.
Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) is an international program designed for fresh graduates (up to 2 years after graduation), who would like to embark on a professional career in engineering. The program is primarily focused on increasing technical skills, learning problem solving methods in engineering projects, as well as enhancing effective teamwork skills. Daily work is combined with learning and dedicated training sessions. Throughout the program, the engineers circulate amongst 3 or 4 different teams. It enables them to better familiarize themselves with the organization and the various areas of engineering work. At the same time, the programs’ participants receive a large dose of knowledge. Practice shows that they take active part in all the classes and do their best to take full advantage of them.
In 2019, we invited a total of 10 individuals to participate in the Edison Engineering Development Program. Those people are gaining experience in the areas of GE Aviation and GE Gas Power.In 2019, we launched a special edition of the Talent Development Program (TDP) in the Aviation business, giving engineers a chance to develop in the area of systemic thinking. Eleven participants are given an opportunity to strengthen their skills in examining systems in terms of their complexity, sensitivity to a change of a single variable, or tendency to deepen or attenuate a given system parameter in time. The outline of the program was developed on the basis of the developmental needs of the participants, concerning three main areas: product development and certification, product integration with the system and technical program management. One of the key elements of the program is technical mentoring. Participants can discuss issues related to their daily work and professional development in terms of systemic thinking and specific products on which they are currently working, taking advantage of the knowledge and experience of selected experts. This way, the organization will facilitate simultaneous achievement of professional goals and development of future technical leaders within the organization.
In 2019, in order to address the developmental needs of managers, we continued the Engineering Development Leadership Program. Within the framework of the program, there are developmental sessions which include motivational speeches by inspiring speakers, exercises, discussion panels, articles and films on issues related to leadership skills necessary in the current business conditions and the changing reality. In 2019 the management staff from the Aviation department took part in 4 sessions of this program.
In 2019 we launched second edition of the Acceleration Lab program within EDC Gas Power business. 10 participants had a chance to face real-life business challenges such as recruiting interns or preparing office renovation ideas. The goal of the program is to develop leadership skills in practice by learning “on-the job”. To support those activities, the participants have a series of meetings with GE Gas Power and EDC Leadership team, took Gallup’s Strengths Finder talent assessment and each of them had a mentor assigned. The program lasts one year, and the formal graduation takes place on Engineering Recognition Day ceremony.
In 2019 we also launched a new edition of the local mentoring program in Gas Power section. The program took 6 months and the goal was to develop newly hired talents and offer multi-generational cooperation. The mentees were 6 engineers starting their careers in GE Gas Power and the mentors were the technical experts (Controlled Title Holders) and system engineers. The program had some formal boundaries, but mostly offered flexibility to choose the right topics, meeting frequency and goals. The mentoring covered both technical topics as well as business discussions and career advices. The feedback was very positive and the engagement from both mentors and mentees exceeded the expectations.
GE’s Women’s Network is all about growth. It unites nearly 70,000 women working at GE to cultivate their leadership skills, business practices, personal contacts, and career opportunities. By engaging and developing our members in areas such as technology, operations, and commercial roles, we are promoting growth among leaders, who will ensure both their career success and GE’s growth as a company.
In 2019, GE Women’s Network at EDC organized 19 miscellaneous events including: EDC Academy, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium, Panel “My work, My life, My balance”, Inspiring event with Jagoda Walorek, Pottery Workshop and Winter Holiday Meeting. All events gathered nearly 350 participants. At the same time, GE Women’s Network launched Newsletter and Yammer, as main communication channels. What is more our leaders started the series of Coffee Chats and working Lunches to improve networking skills of GE Women’s Network members.
We have also started cooperation with Rails Girls. On 19th and 20 th of October 2019, almost 50 women from across the country participated in two-day crash-course to the exciting world of building web apps with Ruby on Rails. Rails Girls workshop was aimed for women who want to learn the basics of programming and get familiar with IT world. Expert team of coaches from leading tech companies were helping attendees to craft their first web application. EDC was represented by GE Women’s Network and Digital Team. On Sunday, October 20th, Ewa Chachulska (Java Software Engineer) gave a presentation on how she built her path to become a software engineer – encouraging participants to follow their passions while developing professional career.
In 2020 GE Women’s Network plans to continue to broaden networking via coffee chats and lunches, Yammer communication and Newsletter. Initiative will assist young women in taking technical path utilizing supporting events like EDC Academy or Rails Girls. As a response for women’s needs, few workshops will be held in 2020, for instance: Welding training, AOS, Agile and Digital. What is more GE Women’s Network plans trips to the factories such as GE MRO in XEOS. To emphasize women’s accomplishments and growth, the end of 2020 will be celebrated by the gathering during Winter Holiday Meeting.
A healthy lifestyle is something obvious for most of EDC employees. They do not have to be encouraged to play sports, strive for work – life balance or to eat healthy. As HealthAhead we are actively trying to expand our horizons. We encourage creation of new sports groups or initiatives positively affecting our mental or physical well-being. In leading those activities, HealthAhead (HA) organization has supported us for the last 10 years.
The HA’s mission is to inspire employees and their family members to obtain optimum health and well-being. This program revolves around leading a healthy lifestyle: healthy eating, coping with stress, physical activity, promotion of regular medical a check-ups and fighting the tobacco addiction. HealthAhead helps achieve a work-life balance, for instance by organizing stress-coping campaigns, meditation classes and support groups for home-related problems.
In 2019, 16 Get Active groups operated within HA: EDC Basketball, Bikers, Calisthenics, Climbers, Hockey, Divers, Healthy Spine, Kayakers, Runners, Soccer, Squash, Swimmers, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball and a brand new – EDC Yachting Team, which was a great success from the very start. Jarek Olchowik, Yachting Team founder, gathered more than 100 people with a strong passion for sailing, from the whole organization. Within the year they have set sails 3 times.
Last year we had a great opportunity to attend several events organized by HA members.
In March we have started celebration of 10th anniversary of HA by Meet the HealthAhead event.
There was a chance to meet representatives of the HA sections, ask questions and watch pictures from HA events and exercises. We could have taken a picture using a photo booth, learn how to tie knots and relax in professional massage chair. The biggest surprise for everyone was cycling to prepare a healthy drink.
HealthAhead Day took place on May 15th. Around 700 people participated in the biggest festival of sport at EDC. There was an occasion to try 18 attractions:
|• Air bike Competition
||• Health Coaching
|• CrossFit Challenge
||• Individual Dietitians Consultation
|• to Berth Ship Challenge
||• Functional Movement Systems
|• Introduction to Diving
||• Basic Preventive Diagnosis
|• Table Tennis Tournament
||• Quick Diagnostic Tests
|• Back Massages
||• Dermatologist Consultations
||• Opticians’ Consultation
||• Healthy Food Truck
|• Fruits available
||• Quit Tobacco
Another impressive event was the Jingle Bells Run organized by Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation with the support of GE Volunteers and GE HealthAhead. The run was open for all employees from our site. Every runner had an opportunity to invite one adult (wife/husband/partner) and kids. Event was divided into two parts: main 3 km run for adults and the children run with a distance of 300/100 meters (100 meters for small kids and 300 meters for older children). Each runner who crossed the finishing line got a medal. After the run, there was a hot chocolate, holiday cakes and winter tea. During the event, we managed to gather more than 5000 PLN. Money was donated to the Children’s Home.
The next activity was something entirely new at EDC. We had a chance to undertake HA30-day challenge. Rules were simple – each day participants got one healthy challenge. Then, everybody shared their accomplishments on our Facebook group. Winners got wonderful prizes, but – more importantly – our challenge lead to positive lifestyle changes and maintaining good habits.
A very interesting and proposition in the HealthAhead portfolio were Find Balance events. We kicked off this series with dispelling Myths about depression. The course took place in November. The second one – Psychosomatics – ’Body wisdom’ workshop on the origin and treatment of psychosomatic diseases took place in December. In total 30 people participated in this training.
As every year, November at EDC was the month of healthy spine. To celebrate that we have invited our employees for free spine massages lead by professional physiotherapists. Each massage took approx. 10 min.
For 2020 HealthAhead Team plans 4 major events, several dozen smaller meetings and events, new competitions and challenges. The main emphasis will be on mental health.
Continuous cooperation and a dialog between employer and employees are the foundation of the Engineering Design Center’s culture. The Engagement Team is responsible for facilitating that communication channel. Throughout several years there have been a dozen of sessions where an input collected from employees was presented to EDC leaders on various organizational levels. The goal of these discussions was to assure that people’s voice is heard, and appropriate actions are put in place.
This approach has been successfully used to track down all the expectations related to a surrounding environment as well as to cultivate the passion for work in such a great place as EDC. The Engagement Team has recorded plenty of ideas and brought a lot of them into projects and, subsequently, into life: modern canteen, food trucks on site, improvements in parking space management and regulations, introduction of a new dress code and many others.
In 2019, Engagement Team held 9 working sessions, during which they talked about current ideas, solutions and plans for the coming years. The biggest project of 2019 was arranging babysitting for employees’ children during the teachers’ strike. More than 30 kids had a chance to play games and take part in animations coordinated by 2 babysitters provided by professional agency. This two-week initiative was a great support for working parents at EDC.
Happy employees and their effective cooperation result in a success for any organization. That’s why EDC management is striving to meet the expectations and preferences of our employees. Our staff can count on various benefits, both financial and non-financial.
Flexible working place and hours
For many years now, the employees at EDC have been able to benefit from flexible working hours. This solution helps them adjust the time they begin and finish their work according to their individual needs. As a result, they are able to better combine various lifestyles or family situations with their professional responsibilities.
From 2017, employees who have received the manager’s approval can also work remotely on selected days. In addition, employees can work from home on an occasional basis, in exceptional situations.
In 2019 we have created two rooms that allow employees to work with the kids from the office. We have the baby room (specially adapted to care for an infant) and the room to work with a child (equipped with toys).
Each employee on an employment contract may benefit from private healthcare, encompassing health programs, disease prevention, as well as daily support in case of any health problems. Each subscription guarantees unlimited access to specialist consultations during illnesses, upon exacerbation of chronic disease, as well as help in emergency cases. The services available to our employees and their families include: comprehensive specialist consultations, consultations with a psychologist (including a sexologist/andrologist) and psychiatrist, consultations with professors with referral, comprehensive diagnostic tests (laboratory and imaging diagnostics), out-patient consultation procedures, skin allergy tests, pregnancy management, vaccinations against flu/antitetanus anatoxin, dental consultations, preventive “Healthy Woman” and “Healthy Man” Medical Check-Up, rehabilitation, etc.
All our employees, irrespective of their working time, are offered basic group health and life insurance coverage on preferential terms. If an employee wishes to participate in the insurance coverage, she/he needs to complete a relevant declaration. The insurance coverage encompasses the life and health of each subscribed employee and, to the extent specified, his/her closest family members. Insured employees are entitled to payments, for example, in the event of illness or accident leading to their hospitalization or incapacity to work.
With our employees in mind, we have negotiated attractive conditions for joining the Multisport Program, which allows the participants to use the numerous options available for actively spending their free time. Employees who declare their willingness to participate in the Multisport Program receive a special Sports Card that provides them with an unlimited access to over 244 sports facilities across Poland and to miscellaneous recreational and sporting activities. Moreover, it is possible to purchase additional, personal Multisport cards for family members. Each of our employees can enroll one person over 15 years of age, as well as three children up to the age of 15.
For the benefit of our employees and their families, within the framework of our Company Social Benefits Fund available in our organization, we provide a series of additional benefits. Before Easter and Christmas employees can apply for an occasional subsidy. On top of that they can get additional funding for summer holidays, housing loans and special assistance grants. Moreover, employees who find it necessary to wear eyeglasses while working with computer screens may apply for additional funding to purchase them. We also offer subsidies to the 3rd pension pillar (IKE).
We also finance or co-finance employees’ training courses, workshops, seminars, post-graduate studies and language courses. All this to develop and build the competences of our employees.