Super Bowl MVP

A Postal Service employee was one of the most valuable players at this year’s Super Bowl.

Richard Henderson, a Canton, OH, letter carrier and 22-year USPS employee, was featured in a video tribute to workers who provide essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was happy to be able to take part and show the country that all those people in that clip continue to work and keep everything moving no matter what is going on,” he said.

The video — which also featured health care professionals, grocery workers and others — was shown during CBS’s Feb. 7 broadcast, which was seen by 96.4 million viewers.

It was the latest high-profile salute to a Postal Service employee during the pandemic. Other USPS workers have been honored during Independence Day fireworks coverage and at a White House ceremony.

Henderson, an Army veteran, is no stranger to recognition: Last year, he was commended by local police after he provided first aid to a gunshot victim, and throughout the pandemic, he has received notes of appreciation from his customers.

“Richard is the most humble and deserving person,” said Sarah James, a Canton customer service support supervisor. “He is always thinking of his customers and co-workers.”

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In remembrance

American flag flying at half-staff

President Joe Biden has ordered U.S. flags flown at half-staff to honor the more than 500,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19.

Flags should be flown at half-staff until Friday, Feb. 26, at sunset.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has additional guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Please keep off the gas

The Postal Service is reminding its employees who drive for the organization that flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) are required by law to operate on alternative fuel rather than gasoline.

Almost all FFVs in the postal fleet are E85s. How do you know if you’re driving one?

• Check the gas cap. Most alternative-fuel vehicles have yellow caps.

• Check the fuel door. Some vehicles have labels on the door indicating the fuel type.

• Look for badges or labels on the vehicle’s body. Most alternative-fuel vehicles have the terms “FFV,” “E85 FFV” or “Flex Fuel” on badges attached to their rear or side.

FFV drivers should check with their supervisors to find nearby alternative-fuel stations. An E85 pump may be located at a stand-alone site, or under a separate canopy from conventional fuels. E85 pump nozzles will typically be yellow for easy identification.

U.S. Department of Energy waivers may be granted for an FFV if alternative fuel is either not reasonably available or is unreasonably more expensive than gasoline. Check with your manager for details about the waiver criteria, or if you are unsure if your vehicle has received a waiver.

The Postal Service recently distributed a stand-up talk to remind employees of the rules surrounding FFVs. Employees who have questions should email them to Sustainability@usps.gov.

Striking posies

These charmers are ready for their close-up.

Garden Beauty, stamps that feature up-close-and-personal photos of 10 flowers in glorious bloom, will be released by the Postal Service on Feb. 23.

The featured flowers are an allium; a dahlia; a sacred lotus; an American lotus; an Asiatic lily; a flowering dogwood; two tulips, one pink and white and the other orange and yellow; and two moth orchids, one fuchsia with mottled petals and the other yellow with a pink center.

Ethel Kessler, a USPS art director, designed the colorful stamps from existing photographs by Allen Rokach.

The stamps will be available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.

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Who’s your pick?

You have a few more days to submit nominations for the annual Engagement Leader of the Year Awards.

The awards honor leaders who are involved, enthusiastic and committed to improving their workplace environments.

Leaders — such as Postmasters, supervisors and managers — will be recognized at all levels of the organization, culminating with national honorees.

Nominees must be Executive and Administrative Schedule or Postal Career Executive Service who have employees who report to them.

Other criteria:

• At least half of the employees who report to each nominee must have participated in last year’s Postal Pulse survey.

• The nominee’s team must have a “grand mean” average of 4 or better in the survey. The grand mean refers to the average of the survey questions, which ask employees to assess their workplace engagement levels on a scale of 1 to 5.

• All nominees must have completed the Creating an Engaging Workplace training course before Sept. 30, 2020.

The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 28. The Employee Engagement Blue and LiteBlue pages have the nomination form and additional information.