Delivering integrity

In his latest video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy thanks Postal Service employees for their work during election season.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions more people voted by mail this year. The Postmaster General reviews the steps USPS took to serve these voters, and he discusses how political campaigns used mail to educate voters on candidates and issues.

“I want to thank you for your commitment to our mission of service and for bringing integrity, purpose and precision to everything you do,” he says.

The video, released Nov. 2, is available on Link and other postal websites and will be shown to employees throughout the organization this week.

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Peak vessels

The Postal Service is shining a light on employees and what they contribute to the organization during the holidays.

Peek into Peak is a #PostalProud communications initiative that was introduced in 2018. The campaign is back with new images and quotes from employees who discuss how they spread joy throughout the peak delivery season.

“What makes me postal proud about peak is employee engagement. I regularly communicate with my customers, and I truly care about their businesses and ours. I am a vessel that helps keep customer relationships moving forward, while building trust along the way,” said Tiffany Rowland, a Duluth, GA, business service network representative.

These messages will be showcased each weekday through multiple communication channels, including the Peek into Peak LiteBlue page, Informed Facility monitors inside USPS facilities and the Lead to Win newsletter.

Peak into Peak is part of the organization’s core strategies to empower and engage employees and deliver world-class customer experiences.

Past #PostalProud communications initiatives featured employees sharing their team contributions, their pride in their work and their efforts to serve customers.

The #PostalProud Blue page has more information, including banners, thank-you cards, posters and other materials that can be ordered through eBuyPlus.

Opening soon

Open season, the annual period when Postal Service employees can change their health benefits or enroll in a new plan, begins Monday, Nov. 9.

A variety of health, vision and dental coverage is available through the following plans and programs:

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)
  • USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHBP) for non-career employees only
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most open season activities will occur online this year. The Postal Service and FEHB carriers will provide a variety of virtual events and resources, including articles, flyers, fairs and webinars, as well as mailers.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has tools to help you prepare, including FAQs, informational videos and a link to a health plan website from Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

Checkbook allows you to compare FEHB plans side by side, so you can evaluate services and costs, including premiums, copays and deductibles.

Additional information will be provided throughout open season, which concludes Monday, Dec. 14.

Raising awareness

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the disease that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body converts food into energy. The disease increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, lower-limb amputation and blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms may include frequent urination, blurry vision, unexplained weight loss, extreme thirst or hunger and numb or tingling hands or feet. If you experience symptoms, see your health care provider to test your blood sugar levels.

There are several different forms of diabetes, including Type 1, which occurs when the body stops making insulin and requires daily doses of insulin to survive. Type 1 diabetes often develops quickly and is diagnosed earlier in life in children, teens and young adults.

With Type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to maintain blood sugar at normal levels. This condition is present in as many as 95 percent of adults with diabetes, but it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes.

Other types of diabetes include gestational diabetes, which develops in pregnant women, and prediabetes, which occurs when blood sugar is higher than normal but is not elevated enough to be diagnosed as Type 2.

There is no cure for diabetes. However, regular exercise, eating healthy food, taking medicine as needed, self-management education and support, and monitoring your health care can help to prevent or reverse diabetes.

The CDC website and the USPS November Wellness Toolkit have additional information.

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