Safety leaders

The Postal Service has honored one area and four districts with this year’s Safety Leadership and Vision Awards.

The awards, introduced in 2019, honor areas and districts that exceed requirements in maintaining safe workplaces based on key criteria, such as reducing accident rates and improving performance compared with the same period one year earlier.

This year’s honorees are Western Area and two of its districts, Hawkeye and Northland, as well as Greater Michigan and Westchester districts.

“The Safety Vision and Leadership Awards honor teams that make safe workplaces a priority, day in and day out,” said Linda DeCarlo, the Postal Service’s occupational safety and health senior director. “Each of this year’s honorees demonstrate the values, attitudes, goals and proficiency that make them role models for postal workplaces everywhere.”

Western and the four districts were honored for a variety of unique approaches to safety, including the creation of innovative awareness campaigns, a focus on workplace observations and engaging all team members to make safety a core value.

A virtual ceremony to honor this year’s recipients will be held next week. Each honoree will receive a trophy, a certificate of achievement and banners to display in their workplaces.

Share your feedback at Your comments could be included in the “Mailbag” column.

Neighborly help

Letter Carrier Brina Uhrbrock’s neighbors own a gift, novelty and souvenir company.

Over the course of a year, the Muskegon, MI, employee chatted with them about their business and how the Postal Service could help them.

“This is a veteran-owned, family-run business,” said Uhrbrock. “They had been using another shipper for their products, but when the pandemic began earlier this year, that shipper fell through on getting their products delivered.”

That’s when Uhrbrock’s groundwork paid off: The business owners turned to their neighbor for help.

She submitted a lead through Customer Connect, a joint program between USPS and the National Association of Letter Carriers that encourages carriers to identify sales opportunities for the organization.

The lead ultimately led to a shipping deal worth $318,500 in new revenue for the Postal Service.

Revenue generated from Customer Connect leads is counted toward the USPS Power of One campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Brina’s sale helped the Muskegon Post Office become a revenue leader in Greater Michigan District, which just goes to show that revenue opportunities can sometimes be found in your backyard,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “This is the ‘Power of One’ — one person talking to her neighbors.”

The Sales Blue page has more information about Customer Connect and the Postal Service’s other lead-sharing programs, which include Business Connect, Clerks Care, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.

Share your feedback at Your comments could be included in the “Mailbag” column.

Still open

Postal Service employees have a few more weeks to change their health coverage or enroll in a new plan.

Open season, the annual period when USPS employees can make benefits changes, ends Monday, Dec. 14.

Employees can choose from a variety of health, vision and dental coverage through the following programs and plans:

  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
  • USPS Health Benefits Plan, for non-career employees only
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
  • Flexible spending accounts

The Open Season LiteBlue page has information and resources, including FAQs, educational videos, and a link to a health plan comparison tool from Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.

Holiday savings

USPS is offering savings on Visa gift card purchases at select Post Office locations this month.

From Nov. 14-27, customers and employees will receive $2 off the purchase fee of Mastercard gift cards valued at $50 and $100.

Variable load gift cards are excluded. No coupon is needed.