Get in the Zone

The Postal Service has launched USPS Zone, a program for Executive and Administrative Schedule employees who would enjoy promoting the organization’s products and services on social media.

These types of ambassador programs help organizations work with their employees to build a social media presence.

For example: Have you ever had a great meal at a restaurant, then shared that positive experience online?

USPS Zone works in a similar way.

The voluntary program — the first of its kind in the federal government — allows employees to share the organization’s stamp promotions, package tips and more on their personal social media accounts using preapproved content.

Participants get to pick and choose USPS-approved content to share, as well as suggest postal content of their own.

“This is a unique opportunity for social media novices to get their feet wet and for the social media savvy to strut their stuff. And it is just in time to get the word out about peak season, anticipating customer questions and concerns,” said Christa D. Fields, social media strategist.

Importantly, USPS Zone is designed to encourage friends and family to use the Postal Service.

Additionally, no personal social media accounts will be monitored by any postal entity.

To sign up — or to have a program representative address your group of 10 or more employees — send an email to uspszone@usps.gov.

Open season webinars

The Postal Service is offering a special webinar for employees who want to learn more about their options during this year’s open season benefits enrollment period.

The session, “Open Season 101,” is being offered several times throughout open season, which runs from Nov. 8-Dec. 13.

Each session takes place through the Zoom videoconferencing platform; participants can also use their phone to dial into the meetings (a meeting ID and password are required for each session).

Here’s the lineup:

• Saturday, Nov. 20, noon EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1601903015; password: 502998).

• Tuesday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m. EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1604818015; password: 531998).

• Monday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1605953627; password: 845291).

• Thursday, Dec. 2, 9 p.m. EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1611512392; password: 764130).

• Monday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1617582002; password: 715021).

• Thursday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1616971733; Password: 017431).

• Sunday, Dec. 12, noon EST. Participants can log in via Zoom or call 503-336-1236 or 952-229-5070 (meeting ID: 1617045870; password: 556397).

Employees can also register for a Virtual Benefits Fair where they can visit virtual booths, attend webinars and download health plan materials on their personal computer or mobile device.

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

The Open Season LiteBlue page has additional tools to help employees prepare, including FAQs, informational videos and a link to Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, a tool that offers side-by-side comparisons of plans, including premiums, copays and deductibles.

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

Open ended

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. When does this year’s open season benefits enrollment period end?

a) Dec. 6
b) Dec. 13
c) Dec. 15
d) Dec. 31

2. Fill in the blank: Postal Service employees can use (blank) to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or the USPS Health Benefits Plan.

a) BENEFEDS
b) Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees
c) FSAFEDS
d) PostalEASE

3. What is the title of the Postal Service’s latest holiday television commercial?

a) “Bringing the Holidays Home”
b) “The Helpers”
c) “Home”
d) “Surprise Encounter”

4. Which city did Postmaster General Louis DeJoy not visit recently to assess the Postal Service’s readiness for the holiday delivery season?

a) Chicago
b) Madison, WI
c) Milwaukee
d) Rockford, IL

5. True or false: USPS has updated the Commercial Package Intercept application to allow commercial mailers to submit intercepts in batches of up to 1,000 at a time.

a) True
b) False

Answers: 1) b. 2) d. 3) b. 4) a. 5) a.

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