On Sunday, PostalReporter.com posted a USPS News Link article Redesigning USPS: Changes To Be Announced In Late March. The article said in part: “On Jan. 7, PMG Pat Donahoe announced the beginning of an organizational redesign that will help streamline the Postal Service. The March announcement also could lead to a reduction in force (RIF) or voluntary early retirement (VER) for specific groups of employees. If implemented, the VER option will be announced along with the new organizational structure.” PostalReporter.com readers responded with varying views of what is really needed to keep USPS afloat. Several readers suggested that before promoting managers/supervisors USPS “must develop psychological profile tests to screen out the thugs, bullies, and misfits that are now clogging the system” in order to have a viable future. Also, some readers predict that if the upcoming VER includes a monetary incentive, it would be a mass exodus from USPS.
Read the exchange below:
Face reality the majority of larger officies, areas, districts. assume they are entitled to be a privileged class. Some even assume they are comparable to executives in the corporate world where bottomlines have to be met to continue existence as Congress will not bail them out. Many of these people attained their position by getting attention as their forte was the STICK APPROACH and not formal management education. These roughians can even betray a district manager as a group in making goal numbers if it is apparent this individual is a higher class educated person and not a member of the alley cat gang. Psychological testing is a must for all promotions from top to bottom. Code of Ethical Conduct applies to all employees.
You’re 100% correct about testing our managers for psychological profiles. The managers we have are abusive, self-serving, and really only care about making thier numbers so they can get promoted. As you can see from some of the posts on this website, our managers show who they really are and how they really manage the organization. They seriously lack in technical, interpersonel, and problem-solving skills in dealing with the issues that the US Postal Service is facing. If the US Postal Service is going to have a viable future, the service must develop psychological profile tests to screen out the thugs, bullies, and misfits that are now clogging the system and start hiring candidates that have real management skills. Trust me, candidates are there, they are just not allowed to rise for recogintion.
If you think you can do a better job managing people then why aren’t you in management? It’s people like you who just whine and whine and have no real solutions and just part of the problem. You talk the talk but can’t walk the walk. Anytime something happens you idiots are so quick to blame management. When I 1st got into management I was so happy, now all I do is babysit grown ass people. To me a lot of craft employees seem to think they just have to show up and do nothing and get a check, those days of 3 to 4 hours breaks are over(yes you know milked the system just admit it). 95% of clerks, carriers, custodians and mailhandlers are just high school graduates, who can’t seem to do their job. Now let me go do my JOB!
When I joined the PO, my original intent was to get into management as quickly as possible. However, after seeing the way management must treat people, I decided I would not be able to look myself in the mirror each day, and be happy with myself, if I had to treat people that way. I have only worked in one office, so that is all I can go by.
What I see though, is that, even the “laziest” carrier still must work hard. Years of beating SPLY have hit a wall. I have never worked so hard in all my life, at any place of employment, and I am treated like a piece of garbage. I have always been considered a great worker at all my other jobs.
If I could go back in time, I would never accept the job here. I stay because; I have invested much of my life here. I’m getting too old to start a new career. The economy is terrible and I cannot get another job that pays me what I make here or offers the same benefits. Essentially, I stay because I have to stay in order to survive. That doesn’t make it ok to treat people the way we are treated.
This is what most craft feels. Too bad. The corporate culture will never change. Our plant continues to receive “managers” from other areas. Most of the men are sexual harassers and attempt to micromanage and end up being “unmasked” for the frauds they are. The cycle continues. At least some worthless craft people finally are fired. I have yet to see any manager fired in 17 years. It wont change. Keep the faith “the end” and keep cashing your checks like me for as long as the tracks go. Peace to you.
I’m in a similar boat, but I spent 14 years working on a under-graduate and graduate degree in accounting and operations management. I paid for it out of my own pocket while carrying mail. Working eighteen hours a day was not uncommon. I didn’t mind. It was worth it and I had fun. I had a Postmaster that wanted me to kiss his lazy ass if I wanted to get into management. I didn’t cause him any problems or mean-mouthed him, I just refused to kiss his worthless ass. Needless to say, he had a knife in my back the size of a machete. The district managers didn’t take kindly to what he did and cut his budget to make his life miserable. He eventually retired.
There were other Postmasters that tried to get me into management, but none of them could ever get anything going. It was just one thing or another. Nothing specific. I spent about two years as a 204b feeling like a fifth wheel, trying to get some sort of detail going to improve my skill sets with the Post Office. (Note: You would be surprised at what little work front-line supervisors really do. I worked with an OIC that spent three days on Post Office time trying to finance a new car. Can you imagine if a craft employee did that.) Needless to say, I applied about a dozen times for the ASP and other entry level supervisor positions. I even applied twice for the Management Intern Program. There was a candidate there that had a Masters Degree in Accounting and he was having the same problems that I had. The Postal Service desparately needs his skill sets to develop GAAP (General Accepted Accounting Principles.)
After running my ass all over the place from one job interview to the next, I finally filed an EEO. I didn’t want to, but I felt I had no choice. Management did an investigation and I found out that management scores the candidates according to who they want and not based on their qualifications. I went before a Federal Judge against a lawyer that represented the USPS and decided to just drop the issue. It’s not worth spending 5 grand on a lawyer for representation. I was taught in my Human Resource Management class not to force your way into an organization that doesn’t want you. Your better off seeking employment eslewhere