Be it resolved

Two people shaking hands.

Many people begin each year resolving to quit smoking, lose weight or start a hobby.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers “life coaching” to help you achieve these kinds of goals.

“Life coaching is not counseling. It’s a non-clinical approach that can help you maximize your personal and professional potential,” said EAP Administrator Deborah Atkins.

Life coaching focuses on strengths, promotes self-awareness and provides support to strengthen your skills.

“It’s a great resource to help jump start all those health and wellness goals you want to accomplish this year,” Atkins said.

Life coaching is confidential, personal, flexible and voluntary.

Employees can communicate with a coach face-to-face or by telephone. Occasionally, support is provided via email.

More information is available by calling 800-327-4968. The TTY number is 877-492-7341.

Vital connections

Consumer and Industry Affairs VP Jim Nemec

Business customers help USPS strengthen service, Consumer and Industry Affairs VP Jim Nemec says in his latest “Point of View” video.

“The mailing industry gives us feedback critical to improving the Postal Service’s performances,” Nemec says.

USPS regularly meets with industry leaders in a range of venues, says Industry Engagement and Outreach Manager Judy de Torok, who also appears in the video.

“It is imperative for the Postal Service and the mailing industry to work together,” she says.

Examples include the Postal Customer Councils, which bring USPS and business leaders together at the local level, as well as the National Postal Forum, the industry’s annual trade show and conference.

The Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, which brings industry and postal leaders to harness technology, also plays a vital role, says Erv Drewek, the group’s newly elected industry chair.

“The engagement between the Postal Service and MTAC is very important as we move forward … into this more complex technology that we are facing nowadays,” Drewek says.

More information about MTAC is available on RIBBS.

Lean feat

Postal Service employees in two districts were recently honored for their efforts to create more orderly workplaces.

In Capital Metro Area, Greensboro District employees reduced average letter automation changeover time by 73 percent, while employees in Great Lakes Area’s Chicago District decreased wait-time-in-line at Post Offices.

Both districts received awards through the Lean Innovation Challenge, which is part of the Postal Service’s Lean Six Sigma (LSS) efforts to reduce waste and improve operational efficiency.

Greensboro District was honored for having the most improved existing LSS project.

“The project was absolutely brilliant,” said Greensboro, NC, P&DC Delivery Barcode Sorter Operator Jordan Hill. “The way we worked together as a team made us more efficient.”

Chicago District’s award — which involved decreasing wait times by eliminating unnecessary activities and adding visual controls to help the auditing process — was in the best new project category.

“This is truly an honor,” said Letter Carrier Angie Radcliffe, the team leader. “LSS works.”

A panel of judges from USPS and the mailing industry chose the winners from more than 300 submissions.

Live long and postal

One of the four stamps shows the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia

“Star Trek” fans are “beaming” about the Postal Service’s plans to issue stamps this year to honor the classic TV show’s 50th anniversary.

The four stamps, which USPS announced last month, feature images inspired by the 1966-69 series.

For example, one stamp shows a USS Enterprise crewman inside a transporter, while another depicts the ship inside the outline of Mr. Spock’s Vulcan salute.

The New York Post praised the stamps in a recent editorial, declaring them “pretty neat.” The stamps capture “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” the Post wrote.

USPS took great care designing the stamps, Wired magazine reported.

“Anytime you’re dealing with a show with as passionate a following as ‘Star Trek,’ you need to triple-check the accuracy of every detail,” said Woody Harrington, a senior designer at Heads of State, which designed the stamps for the Postal Service.

USPS also is receiving praise for plans to issue stamps this year to honor Shirley Temple, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, educator Jaime Escalante and NASA’s historic exploration of Pluto.

Really big show

The Postal Service showcased its latest innovations at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

My — which allows customers to track packages, manage deliveries and receive text and email alerts for incoming parcels — was highlighted along with the Postal Service’s augmented reality mobile app.

Other digital services showcased included Every Door Direct Mail, which allows businesses to target consumers based on their location and other demographics.

“The Consumer Electronics Show allows us to meet with customers from across the nation and show them how the Postal Service is using technology to better meet their needs,” said Sales VP Cliff Rucker. “It’s a valuable tool to promote our products and services.”

The Consumer Electronics Show draws more than 150,000 attendees each year, along with 6,000 reporters, bloggers and other members of the news media.

The Postal Service regularly participates in the show, including last year, when its display booth received widespread praise.

A team comprised of employees from across the Postal Service participated in this year’s show, which was held Jan. 6-9.