A positive Postal Pulse

The latest Postal Pulse results show a positive trend.

The annual survey allows USPS employees to share feedback about their work environments, measuring their engagement on various topics using a scale of 1 to 5.

This year, the grand mean score — the average score on the survey’s first 12 questions — rose to 3.36, up from last year’s score of 3.29.  This shows the Postal Service has made significant progress in overall engagement.

“Our organization’s greatest asset is people” said Doug A. Tulino, deputy postmaster general and chief human resources officer.  “Employee engagement must continue as a core philosophy and priority.”

Engagement shows how committed employees are to their organization, their role, their manager and their co-workers.

The Postal Service has made engagement a priority because research shows that engaged workers are more productive, deliver better customer service, have better attendance rates and have fewer on-the-job accidents.

The latest Postal Pulse survey results can be viewed on an enhanced dashboard, located on the Employee Engagement Blue page, that allows results to be analyzed in new, more meaningful ways.

USPS leaders, managers and supervisors are encouraged to review their survey results, share the results with their teams and work together to ensure team members feel valued, have opportunities to grow and contribute meaningfully to organization’s success.

The Employee Engagement Blue page also has tools to help managers and supervisors conduct discussions with their teams. Employees can email questions to engagement@usps.gov.

Riding high

The new USPS-licensed ride-on toy is riding high heading into the holiday season.

The Toy Insider, an industry website, included the product on its annual list of the toys expected to be holiday hits.

“It’s exciting news to make the list, considering the hundreds of toys for this age group that are out there,” said Amity Kirby, the USPS licensing manager.

Additionally, Good Housekeeping has recognized the ride-on vehicle with one of its Best Toy Awards.

Kid Trax manufactures the toy, which resembles a mail delivery truck and has been selling well on its website, as well as Amazon.com.

Other USPS-licensed products for kids available this holiday season include a Post Office play tent and letter carrier costumes, available on the Postal Store website.

Don’t wait for a crisis

The Postal Service wants to remind all workers that it is important to complete or update beneficiary information as soon as possible.

This simple task takes just a minute or two and can save a lot of heartache down the line.

The Life Changes LiteBlue page, a one-stop shop for updating employee information, makes it easy. Just click the page’s Beneficiary information item. Links to every relevant beneficiary form — whether retirement holdings, life insurance or Thrift Savings Plan — are at your fingertips.

Completing or updating this information means you get to choose who should benefit from payouts in the event of your death.

With the open season benefits enrollment period underway, now is a good time to make sure your wishes are clear in the event of a crisis. Changes of address, and updates to emergency contacts, can also be completed via LiteBlue’s Life Changes page.

Retirement webinar

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar on preparing for retirement.

The session, “Retirement 101,” will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. EST.

An Aetna representative will conduct the webinar, which will provide a better understanding of how retirement benefits might work.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website.

Following the session, every registrant will receive an email with a link to a recording of the webinar.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

The Financial Wellness LiteBlue page also has retirement planning information.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.