Boeing wrapped up a crowdsourcing initiative on March 9, 2018 that gathered employee ideas for workforce investments that the company has pledged to make as a result of the benefits of tax reform legislation.
Boeing asked employees directly for ideas on how to spend $100 million on learning and development for the future. The company built a custom survey that was emailed to all employees, as well as housed on branded iPad “idea stations” set up throughout factories.
In total, the effort generated more than 40,000 ideas from employees across the globe.
Employees voted on four categories of investments, with real-time results updated every day to encourage participation. Of the categories, improving technical development programs received the highest number of votes, followed by reskilling for jobs being affected by technology disruption. The other two categories were modern, accessible learning and support for first-line leaders.