Now hiring

The Postal Service is hiring for more than 40,000 seasonal positions as preparations continue for the winter holidays, the organization’s peak season for mail and package deliveries.

The opportunities include letter and rural carrier, mail handler and driver positions.

“Our entire organization is focused on delivering a successful holiday season. To make this happen, we need great people to join us to deliver for our local communities and our nation,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “The Postal Service offers many opportunities for seasonal employment. For many, a seasonal role can be the start of an exciting career with the Postal Service.”

USPS offers competitive compensation packages, on-the-job training and opportunities for advancement.

The organization is hosting 58 job fairs in select cities across the nation where potential employees can immediately apply for seasonal jobs.

Preregistration, social distancing and face masks are required to attend the fairs. Those who wish to find or register for a fair should go to usps.com/hiring.

The Postal Service also plans to lease millions of additional square feet of mail and package sortation facilities.

Additionally, the organization is installing new processing equipment to accommodate higher mail and package volumes.

Raising the bar

A Texas employee’s lead has resulted in a shipping deal worth almost $60,000 for the Postal Service.

Rozina La Cour, a retail associate at the Pleasant Grove Post Office, talked with a business customer who was looking for a cost-effective way to ship its organic soaps.

La Cour submitted a lead through Clerks Care, a program that allows retail associates, call center agents, and machine and distribution clerks to pass on sales tips.

Anthony Sanchez, a Texas 1 District business development specialist, and Kasey Ellis, a field sales representative, followed up with the customer.

They closed a shipping deal worth $59,748 in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

Sales generated from Clerks Care leads count toward the USPS Power of One campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Zina loves to help her customers and takes the time needed to get to know them and their needs,” said Dorothy Muir, small-business sales program specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “Her dedication pays off for her customers and for the Postal Service.”

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

The small-business team is tracking program participation rates through its weekly “Drive to 35” downloadable report. The team has also begun its annual Get the Red Out campaign to encourage employees who haven’t submitted a lead to do so.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Clerks Care and the other employee lead programs: Business Connect, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.

On the clock

The Postal Service wants to remind employees of the rules related to misuse of time, including what your obligations are while on duty.

Federal regulations require USPS employees to use their on-the-clock time in an honest effort to perform their official duties.

Generally, personal activities should not be conducted during duty hours.

Employees may use official time for personal tasks on a limited basis, provided that such use does not adversely affect their productivity, interfere with the Postal Service’s mission or operations, or violate ethics regulations.

For example, employees may call a doctor’s office while on duty to make an appointment, but they may not watch a movie for their entertainment or take a call for an outside business.

Employees must also be mindful of the misuse-of-time rules when directing a subordinate’s activities while on duty.

Federal regulations prohibit employees from encouraging, directing, coercing or requesting that their subordinates use their official time to perform activities other than their Postal Service duties.

Employees who have questions should call the ethics helpline at 202-268-6346 or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.