Postal Pulse

The latest Postal Pulse results are now available.

The annual survey allows employees to share feedback about their work environment and provides leaders with valuable insights toward creating an engaging workplace.

The overall engagement score on this year’s survey is 3.31 on a scale of 1 to 5, a decrease of 0.05 from last year’s score of 3.36. The survey was administered June 14-July 15.

“This year’s Postal Pulse employee survey scores tell us that we need to do more to improve employee engagement — and we are committed to doing so,” said Doug Tulino, deputy postmaster general and chief human resources officer. “I look forward to working with leadership across the organization to empower, equip and engage our employees and put them in the best possible position to succeed.”

A key tenet of the Delivering for America plan is to foster an engaging workplace that supports employee development and retention through expanded training and self-development, strengthening succession planning, improving noncareer employee experiences and other strategies.

Managers and supervisors can improve employee engagement by spending one-on-one time with their employees to discuss workplace needs. Research shows employees feel more engaged when they have the materials, equipment and support they need to be successful in their job; when they are given opportunities to learn and grow; and when they feel like their job is important to the mission of the company.

USPS encourages managers and supervisors to review their survey results, share them with their teams and work together to improve the workplace and ensure employees have opportunities to grow and succeed. Nonbargaining employees can also view the results online.

The Employee Engagement Blue page has tools to help managers and supervisors use the survey results to improve their work environments.

Be prepared

September is National Preparedness Month and the Postal Service is encouraging employees to take time to prepare for emergencies.

“Take the time to prepare yourself and your family for disasters because the life and legacy you have built is worth protecting,” said USPS Corporate Affairs Vice President Judy de Torok, who oversees the organization’s continuity and preparedness team.

Here are some tips for preparing for a disaster:

Know the threats in your area. Do you live where it can flood? Are you in a place that could get hit by a hurricane? Are tornadoes a possibility?

Be in the know. Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and warnings by email and text.

Have an evacuation plan. Do a practice evacuation with your family.

Have a plan for sheltering in place. Practice staying put with your family.

Have a family communication plan. Make sure your family knows whom to call and when.

Have supplies. Create and rotate a stockpile of water, nonperishable food and other necessities.

The USPS National Preparedness website has more information.

FEHB and Medicare

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and Medicare.

The session, “Medicare and FEHB,” will be held Sept. 8 at noon EDT.

Representatives from GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar and explain how Medicare works with FEHB plans, including information on Medicare parts A, B, C and D.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the session, registrants will receive an email with a link to an archived recording, along with the slides shown.

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

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