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Greetings Postal Leaders,
The Postal Pulse survey results will be available no later than noon (EST) today via Gallup On Line. For those with access, in addition to receiving an email directly from Gallup with the link, you may also use the link below.
As this is our third administration of the Postal Pulse survey and we begin to establish trends, there are a few national highlights to point out:
– Overall participation rate increased to 292,294 employees (49%)
– National Grand Mean increased to 3.25
– The increase in percentage engaged represents 23,000 more employees now engaged from Admin 1
– Number of top quartile teams increased to 549 (up 134%)
– Non-bargaining engagement achieved top quartile organizational growth (up .29 since Admin 1)
– Since Admin 1 all crafts have now made meaningful change on multiple elements of engagement
– Teams of leaders who attended the “Creating An Engaging Workplace” training achieved 60% greater Grand Mean improvement
Thank you individually and collectively for the steady progress we continue to make. Establishing the meaningful conversations, building the relationships, action planning and follow through will ensure continuous improvement. Ultimately, every postal employee benefits, as do our customers.
Please use the link to review your survey results and share them with your team via the State of the Team Conversation (SOTC).
Kelvin L. Williams
Executive Director, Employee Engagement
February 16, 2017 at 6:57:39 PM EST
Subject: FW: PM’s are receiving their Smartphones
I have received inquiries related to the expansion of the use of smartphones to include Level 18 and above postmasters to improve efficiencies. Headquarters expanded the eligibility for smartphones to include EAS-18 Above Postmasters. There has been complaints over the years from EAS about having to use their personal smartphones for official business, unable to be reached when out of the office (travelling to RMPOs, business meetings, street observations) or even as simple as being in the lobby assisting customers.
Unfortunately, I have been made aware that some POOMs are instructing Level 18 Postmasters that they must answer their postal smartphone when contacted and respond to emails immediately and up to 24 hours a day. Although Postmasters manage the operation of a post office and are responsible for meeting service requirements and commitments as well as may be the administrative authority for stations, branches and RMPOs; there’s a practical limit on the expectation that Postmasters must be available 24 hours a day.
It’s also unreasonable for a Postmaster to assume that they are only responsible for the operations of their post office during a 40 hour a week schedule; therefore do not need to be responsive to any issues that may arise in their office while they are not there. There are incidents in which Postmasters should be contacted to discuss matters that may affect the operations of their post office or discuss affects resulting from the operations of their post office. There have always been emergencies that may arise in post offices and Postmasters provided their home phone number in the past to respond to reports of employee accidents, security alarm notifications, etc.
I attached our notification to UPMA regarding the expansion of smartphones to the EAS-18 and above Postmasters and the purpose for expansion of this program. I also attached the Management Instruction regarding limited use of office equipment which includes smartphones.
There is no new policy that was established nor was any policy revised resulting from expansion of this program.
I also suggest that any employee inquiring of what is acceptable or prohibited when using a postal smartphone, direct those employees to Handbook AS-805, Chapter 5.
Felicia A. Adamski,
Mgr. Labor Relations
6 Griffin Road N.
Windsor, Ct 06006