Guest post by Older and Wiser.
Older and Wiser is a rural carrier.
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This is how I see it!
With the USPS view of the future of a rural carrier in the rear view mirror, it is time to start a discussion about where we think we will end up in the coming years. This first article is sort of an introduction where I will set some guidelines for the upcoming articles and how I would like to see this thread go.
If you followed my earlier blogs, you know that the post office is my second career after being in the regular business world, both blue and white collar. This lends my thinking to be both as a rural carrier and as a person who is looking for the business to succeed. This means that you may disagree with my thoughts and that is fine. Just because I put my opinions on paper doesn’t mean that they hold any greater weight than your own.
For that reason, I would like these blogs to be very interactive. Differences of opinion start a discussion; a discussion brings about understanding; understanding leads to a consensus; consensus results in solutions. I would like to see intelligent and constructive discussions that maybe someone who should care (USPS, the union, etc) can see that our knowledge and interest in making our future and the postal service’s future both successful. When we have a discussion and you have a solution for a case study, let’s hear it. Maybe you have a thought but nothing concrete, still let us hear it. Some people have a talent for coming up with ideas and there are other people who can hear someone else's idea and bring it to fruition.
I wouldn’t surprise anyone if I said that while the future of the rural carrier isn’t necessarily bleak, it has a more negative than positive outlook. The Engineering study seems to be our brightest hope for a better tomorrow. We all have opinions on how the study may work to our advantage and are eagerly awaiting its conclusion. We can only hope the three engineers can really see our whole job and each of the tasks that we are called upon to do on a daily basis.
USPS seems to have lost their sense of reality on how to manage people in the 21st century. When I see a list of the best 100 companies to work for, I don’t need to waste my time looking to see if the USPS is on the list. Their recent track record in the fair treatment of employees is pretty dismal. How are we supposed to perform our jobs productively when we are treated as a commodity that can be easily replaced? Where do we get guidance? Where do we get inspiration? Where do we get leadership?
Where would be a good place to start this discussion? I could stand at my case and look around to find a whole bunch of topics to write about, but instead of looking outside, maybe our future path should start by looking inside; that is inside of all of us. I will start by looking at the topic of Integrity.