Should the Postal Service be allowed to freely award employees for a job well done? The Postal Service operates as a businesslike entity, but it is also part of the government. Appearances count — particularly in tough economic times. The Postal Service has an interest in recruiting and retaining talented employees to remain competitive, but what is appropriate? Competitors of the Postal Service are free to award employees with pricey gifts, tickets to major events, conferences held at resorts and other perks. These are rarely subject to scrutiny by Congress or provoke significant comment in the media. The Postal Service also uses incentives to reward employees for good job performance. While most Postal Service awards have been modest, Postal Service managers have authorized designer watches, espresso machines, global positioning systems, box seat tickets to sporting events, and personal computers as awards for their employees. [poll id=39] [poll id=40] Tell us what you think about spending of this type. Is this acceptable spending for the Postal Service? How should the Postal Service recognize employees' good performance during these tough economic times? This topic is hosted by the OIG’s Suspicious Expenditures team.

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  • anon

    I received the postal carrier of the year award this year.... am I eligible for pay for performance award at the end of the year

    Sep 13, 2017
  • anon

    I transferred to Austell Post Office from Ft Stewart federal civil svc total 26 years I got retired last year Feb 26 2016. I never got awarded for 25 yrs so today someone cleaned the office to find out my award book there was last two years before I got retired. My sister is working too someone gave it to her to bring me the award. I can't accept it bec they didn't congratulate me for 25 yrs that I did worked hard and helped customers be happy with me good service. What do you think?

    Mar 01, 2017
  • anon

    What can you do?..... You can start by STOPPING favoritism shown to the female gender by male supervision. You can start by STOPPING the practicing the punishment of making good workers work more while you keep letting worthless people keep being worthless. You can start by STOPPING the practice of reverse racism that people face because of those that file EEO,s because they manipulate the system to keep being worthless. You can start by STOPPING not realistically taking an honest effort to actively take solutions seriously instead of a comment to retort honest feedback from your employee that communicates these practices to supervision...............

    Dec 22, 2016
  • anon

    Being a mail carrier for 22 years , my route was just so called adjusted and it is actually 15 more than an 8 hour rte,but each day I am given phony numbers saying its under and I'm asked to pivot, by managers who do not know what they are doing.Im not being rewarded for doing all the extra piovoting , just upper management is. Why is this?

    Sep 11, 2016
  • anon

    No...USPS employees are paid too much now, for the work they do, which for some (not all) employees, is shoddy, careless, irresponsible handling of all US mail. With packages being sent and getting damaged enroute, and stuffed inside these damaged envelopes\packages are these nice, sweet USPS notes of apology for damaging my mail/package....and when the contents of my packages disappear enroute, no one wants to try to locate my items for me. Did they just trash them if a package becomes torn? Do they just toss my items instead of repackaging them and send them on to their intended destinations? No....just recently, I sent a package, Priority Mail (for whatever that means) to my sister in Raleigh, NC...I found out that she received it damaged, minus all the contents inside save for 1 book. This 1 book was not in the padded envelope in which I shipped the items...it had been placed inside another padded envelope and a plain, white label with her name and address written on it slapped onto this padded envelope. She said it was not my handwriting...and, the envelope contained the 1 book I sent plus the little sweet, apology note that USPS always sends when a package is damaged. And how and why do damages incur? Because USPS employees fail to do their job as they should, totally irresponsible and without due consideration to the priceless contents inside a package that a customer has sent. Now---will I be able to locate the rest of the contents of that padded envelope I sent? I seriously doubt it. I have filed a complaint but have no hopes that my items will be found. Not sure exactly when or where the damaged envelope occurred, I have speculated that two post offices in Raleigh, NC MAY be to blame--but there is no proof. Meantime, my lost articles are God knows where in the system. And for this "careful handling" I must pay for a price increase? I think not. I have sent 5 packages this year alone and all were damaged, with some of the contents intact, others had zero contents. And the USPS wants a pat on the back and be given raises? No, no, no!!

    Nov 05, 2013
  • anon

    A lot of the damage isn't caused by the people working for the USPS. A lot of the damage is caused on the conveyor belts that carry all the packages along and drop them into bins, If your item gets dropped into a bin and other heavy packages get dropped on top of yours damage can occur. Much of the sorting etc is now done by machines, not man. There are many many postal employees that get an unwarranted bad rap because the public doesn't understand that machines do a lot of tasks that humans used to do.

    Oct 25, 2016
  • anon

    Love to participate here cause this site is really awesome, I was looking for such a site for many days. Hope this site will give us much more in future.

    Nov 04, 2011
  • anon

    I am glad to found your blog. I am always confused about the concept of postal services. You described about it very well. I have learned something new from this blog. Thanks for sharing. Looking for more in the future.

    Jul 15, 2011
  • anon

    If any organization wants its growth then appreciation is necessary. Instead of scolding an employee for doing wrong, make him/her understand with patience and appreciate while doing good. It will not only boost up the employee but also increases your goodwill in his/her manner.

    Jul 06, 2011
  • anon

    If a person has no quality but he has dedication towards his work then appreciation and giving award increases his passion towards work. So this is necessary.

    Jul 05, 2011
  • anon

    According to me, we should appreciate our employes this will give honor to them and they will pay extra attention towards their works.

    Jun 30, 2011
  • anon

    In almost 30 years, I got an apple for Christmas once, and a SMALL candy cane once. Other than pin-awards for years or safe driving, zilch. I think I am a good employee. I know of several co-workers that definitely qualify for SOMETHING! Are these awards basically given out among managers??? You award me, I'll award you??? But what I would PREFER, is RESPECT and humane treatment, on a day to day basis. Employees that are treated with respect will, BELIEVE ME, do better and safer work for their company.

    Apr 05, 2011
  • anon

    The USPS is going the same way as GM. Management. Trying to take advantage of all the perks they can take. Undermining the employees, Union busting, and not being held accountable for bad decision that cost Hundred of Millions of Dollars a year.

    Apr 21, 2010
  • anon

    I remember one award I got was a gift card to a restauraunt chain. I took my wife. We enjoyed our meal. But when I presented the card, it had almost no value whatsoever. It turns out they waited so long to give out the cards, their value had "withered". I wound up paying cash. My wife said, "I don't know what was sadder. That the card was bad, or you knew to stop at an ATM before we dared to use that card." Fast forward to recent times. I am now in a position to put others in for awards. I spent a lot of time to polish the narrative for this person's award. When I hit submit, the screen said "The awards program has been temporarily suspended" There was no advance warning! The really funny part is, if you figure out the hourly rate, I spent more on the process, that the award would have been worth. Instead of motivating us, the award program is just another proof of how hopelessly screwed up we are!

    Dec 14, 2009
  • anon

    I am currently a Supervisor and I agree with most of what you are all saying. I think i was crazy to think about moving up. What to do about an abusive postmaster? What to do about the giant amount of worthless reports?? I have asked them this question time and time - why not get back to basics and just deliver the mail. Do you really need 20 different reports daily to tell you whats going on? We need to get rid of some of the upper management. The supervisors are the ones doing all the work. The managers just hand down the work and the postmaster just call and rip into you because the manager did not do a report. My postmaster is abusive - rude - and a bully. She needs to go away. She needs to be put as a grounds keeper - let her yell and scream and treat the grass like poo. I am at my wits end in dealing with her abuse. Where do i go? The MPOO right the poo is just coming from him - and do we really need that many MPOO's? Chop up their jobs too. And why do the city carriers have to be so draining of the post office? Why so many rules and regs? The Post office is stupid in allowing the unions to become so stong. We had to pay one carrier a $1100 grievinene on something the past supervisor did and it probably took him 20 hours of OT to do the paperwork. Come on - get real - the UNIONS are killing the post office. OK i am done for now - but there is alot wrong with the post office and I have been there for 22 years and counting.

    Nov 09, 2009
  • anon

    The common theme here is definitely that HQ has way too many layers of management, Jack Potter has outlived his usefulness at USPS and that there are some very diligent people in the Postal Server from HQ all the way to the branch offices. Potter and gang is taking advantage of the current downturn to undermine the bargaining unit and cut offices and delivery to where there will not be a recovery. This undermining of union positions happens while they increase spending on outsourced labor which is ultimately much more expensive.

    Sep 18, 2009
  • anon

    Managers gave up overtime and cost of living to move towards performance based pay, unions refused to do the same. If Congress wants the Postal Service to run as a business then treat them like a business and get out of the way. If Congress wants the Postal Service to pay the same as the rest of the Federal Government then pay them the same, such as locality like all the other Federal departments. Pay Postal employees public transportation assistance like the other departments.

    Aug 10, 2009
  • anon

    There already is dissension among employees. Our postal workers in our town never get thank yous. TU's, a card, a pat on the back, SOMETHING... would go a long way & doesn't cost anything. They don't even get a donut or lunch when they pass mystery shops consecutively anymore like the old postmasters used to do. Their pay is cut and cut and cut & mgmt is on their back & on their back just to make their numbers & so mgmt will get their xmas bonus.

    Jul 30, 2009
  • anon

    I think it will promote dissension between employes. find a way to reward all employes of a work unit when they excel.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    And back in 1984, I submitted ideas about computerized delivery to a manager. I was told "Computers are a passing fad." And I submitted a set of ideas I copped from UPS, and it dealth with scanners and packages and registered mail and was told it was too expensive. I submitted an idea to lasar cancellers in the cancelling machines. It would end ink outage, spiilage and damaging letters from overflow and cancel most everything. I was told the mechanics couldn't figure out how to install them. And besides, the ink already works...right? I have gotten "awards" from management: I was given bland cheese pizza and coupons for McDonalds (a place I never eat at)... So, the place is open to innovation, but don't expect rewards. Ideas come from outside sources, which get paid immensely.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    As a former letter carrier (11 years) and current HQ Field Unit employee, I can tell you, the other side is not that great. The PFP is a joke. It depends entirely on favoritism by the manager. We have to jump thru hoops and circles and still get less than nothing, while those who are favorites are the only ones who are even able to talk to the manager. AND we don't get a COLA, step increases, nada. I know being a LC is harder than ever, but I enjoyed it more than the environment here.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    Does anyone else see this blog as a tremendous fishing expedition? Nearly every post is looking for stuff to nail the Postal Service on. Very creative...but very deceptive.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    I FEEL THAT INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE EXCEPTIONAL WORKERS WHOULD BE REWARDING ACCORDING.YOU ARE NEVER TOLD THANK YOU OR GOOD JOB,YOU JUST ADDED ADDITIONAL WORK. MAYBE IT WOULD GIVE OTHERS(SLACKERS)SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT AND CHANGE THE WORK ETHICS OF THOSE PEOPLE.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    Sure, why not. Annually, the USPS publishes a list of organizations, who we can elect, a 'combined contribution" to. Everyone receives this publication in the fall. Service awards for performance could be linked to this program, in the name of the awarded employee. And, consequently place the burden of a "tangible reward", if any, identified qualified organization.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    Hey this would be GREAT, if it actually happened. I'm one of the hardest working carriers in my office, and I'm lucky If I get a "thanks for helping out today" even once a month. This is one of the largest problems with the post office today. If employee's were ACTUALLY rewarded for doing a good job, some kind of incentive,(bonus, move to next pay grade, something) there would no longer be the pervasive laziness that is throughout the post office. Because now the only way to get more money is to go soooooooooooooooo slow that you get some overtime. Here's an idea, set the routes like the rural's and simply state this is how much the route is worth. And just watch the carriers start rolling in early just so they can feel like they are getting paid for not work they didn't have to do. Oh well, until the culture changes carriers will have no incentive to do a good job.

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    Every Business should be able to reward employees for a job well done. The problem is that Headquarters obviously does what they want and the real employees who deserve it never receive anything. They are the craft who go beyond the call of duty and the poor suckers who take special details and work 17 hour days for over 6 months, receive no extra pay and end up getting hosed out of there PFP. It has always been a two tiered system, who you know and how high up they are. Try to get one of your craft an award, never happen.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    Once again I am disppoint that the OIG does not give readers real context. Employee awards this year are only .0002% (2/100ths of 1%) of compensation and benefits. This does not come through at all in the blog at how little has been given out this year. The total is also 63% below the same period last year. Please if you are going to throw out questions to the public, give them facts to make judgements with, not just examples of designer watches, espresso machines, global positioning systems, box seat tickets to sporting events, and personal computers as awards for their employees

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    I totally agree, but would add that the "reward" system also needs to be re-vamped! Favoritism, especially among the races seems to be how awards are doled out. Do other "gov't" agencies give out bonusus/rewards?

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    USPS should be able to reward employees who do their jobs well. This DOES NOT mean trying to meet "numbers". An example: One of the local cellular phone companies sent a full mailing with NO POSTAGE. It should have been caught in Chicago where it was mailed from, but instead made it all the way into DPS. That means several chances to catch it. Instead I caught it at the delivery level. I am estimating around 500 pieces in our office alone. How about at least a "thank you" from management instead of implied "you made more work for us" attitude. It is also too bad we can't accept any money at Christmas, the small amount I used to receive would basically break me even on all the postage dues I billed customers for and never got the money from. No wonder us craft employees don't "do the right thing" when there are all the disincentives in place preventing it. DOUG

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    im a mail handler and i agree we should not get rewards for a good job well done but management should not get bonouses either we are the ones that do the job management just sits on there butts all day we know are job we dont need baby sitters

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    I get so tired of all the crying about Management. When are you people going to grow up? Craft employees had a chance for PFP but your unions said no. Employees that go above and beyond should be able to recieve some extra compensation as long as the playing field is even for ALL employess.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    Where I work, awards are subjective. Plant manager gave a $500 award to an individual who was out on FMLA working a day job (known to all) who just happened to hook up a wi-fi in the plant manager's house. Another individual (PTF/204b) got $250 even though that year he failed his manual scheme before becoming a 204b. Those who routinely broke a sweat every night getting the mail out got squat. Another individual was called into the office and told his 30 year service certificate was on the other supervisers desk if he wanted it... then not 30 minutes later they had a standup talk and recognized a casual who was leaving for another job with a plaque.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    With all the favortism and nepotism in the Post Office? Are you kidding? Cash incentives would only serve as a "slap in the face". It's bad enough that preference is given to hire and promote, now you want to throw some cash their way too? Very nice!

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    Give me a break...any incentives for the craft employees have been eliminated a while ago. Mgt used to have a set amount for each station to use for employee incentives...when is the last time you saw it used for that? It was being used for mgt to pay for their lunches and so on...Mgt. get bonuses for being "adequate" or hitting trivial goals..the USPS paid out bonuses to most mgt when we lost our shirts in revenue..what's next we go under and mgt stands in line waiting for the next "incentive" bonus?

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    THE ONLY PEOPLE DESERVING OF A BONUS ARE MANAGERS. THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT POSTAL BUSINESS. CRAFT EMPLOYEES ARE LUCKY TO HAVE EMPLOYMENT. WE NEED MORE TE'S THAT WANT TO WORK.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    If "managers" could really make a decision, then I might agree but that is NOT the case. There is more bad management than I have ever witnessed, with no limit to the waste of $$$$. If higher level management would let the line managers make decisions based on business and logic, fire the bad inept ones and keep the good ones, we would be in a much better place today )-:

    Jul 29, 2009
  • anon

    And that's what's wrong with the postal system. If you didn't have craft employees doing all the work you wouldn't have a job. And as far as decisions go...How's that working out for you because where i stand it looks like we are going down.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    Getting rewards sets a bad precedent...... give managers bonuses to swindle the workers is bad logic. Take a thousand bucks out of an employees pay check and we will give you 100 bucks, anyone with decent morals would believe this warped greedy thinking is wrong. The only bonus or reward you should receive is that you still have your job. Hire me to replace PMG Potter and you will see a 90% cut in management positions and a profitable postal service. I will do a much better job than the current PMG.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    All I am a manager and I do agree that we should be able to issue spot awards to our employees. Nothing drastic, but if an employee goes above and beyond we should be able to issue a 25 gift card, movie tickets, etc... However, large gifts at headquarters and District levels should absolutely be abolished as well as operations. We get paid well, but we should be able to recognize employees when they retire, x-mas etc...

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    The USPS should still recognize and reward employees who go above and beyond the call of duty either with cash (maximum 1,000) or non-cash gifts (maximum $500). This is good practice and promotes good work habits. What should stop is the large bonuses that the PCES managers and VPs get just about every year. They all make upwards of $120,000 already and if they were doing such a great job the USPS would not be in such financial turmoil. When the USPS was making money these managers abused travel and relocation expenses when they could have been saving for a rainy day.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    THe biggest problem the USPS has are corrupt and totally inept managers. Get rid of them and everything will be okay. I can not count the amount of times my managers fudge numbers, hide mail, and do other shaddy things. If you want to reward people, you can do it without spending a dime. Change the work enviroment, give employees on the OTDL overtime again. Your already paying it out to PTF and TEs, just give it to the guys who need it most, the ones with families. A happy employee is a productive employee. Bonus's often lead to greed, and in the USPS bonus's wil not be earned, they will be stolen bases on alse numbers, and bogus reports(hell its already happening)

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    OH DON'T WORRY ABOUT REWARDING EMPLOYEES, MAMAGEMENT IS STILL REWARDING THEMSELVES WITH NEW HYBRID CARS. THEY DON'T TRAVEL THAT FAR, LET THEM USE THEIR OWN CARS THEY AREN'T TRAVELING THAT FAR. WHAT A WASTE OF SO MUCH MONEY. BUT I CAN GO ON AND ON, FOR WHAT WHO REALLY HEARS US. VOICE OF THE EMPLOYEE---JOKE

    Aug 06, 2009
  • anon

    We used to get a little bonus around Christmas, but that stopped when they decided to give the Managers the bonus. So instead of spreading the it around they have concentrated it on Management. Not necessarily the managers that have direct contact with the employees, because they have to meet unrealistic goals set by their district manager to attain a bonus. I wonder what kind of goals District Managers have to attain before they get a bonus? All those VPs don't make sense either. It has made it an US against Them atmosphere. It's insane. All I want to do is deliver the mail.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • anon

    no one in the southeast michigan district ever got more than a movie ticket (if they were craft) Managers get it all, for doing nothing, not working, etc. etc. Why doesn't the OIG ever investigate fraud and misuse and abuse by management, but always craft?

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    I am a letter carrier and I do the best job I can. I do not want cash or gifts just maybe an occasional pat on the back with "good job". Instead I get a knife in the back with "go carry extra on joe blow's route, NOW!" or "we are going to make your route longer". All I expect is my paycheck but five times in the last six months I have had to wait to get it four days late. I was told it was lost but it would eventually show up. I'll still do the best I can. Somebody around here has to get the mail delivered!

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    Mr. ataboy, you need to elect direct deposit option for your paycheck. One less problem to deal with! Keep up the good regardless how managment treat you. After all, you work for an organization that pays you well and didn't require a college degree.

    Jul 30, 2009
  • anon

    The only problem is that the awards never make it down to the craft employees. i saw an audit the OIG did in the Western District and saw that money had been spent on employee awards of TVS, computers, etc. I can guarantee you that the craft employees did not receive any such gifts. Its called embezzlement. Theft. Someone should go to jail!

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    We're a goverment agency regardless ! Do FBI agents get a cash reward if they catch a crook? Does a soldier in Irag get a prize if he kills an enemy? Does a Congressman get a bonus if he votes? Why should USPS give rewards for doing your job???

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    no--- because its a goverment job. and the more you reward mang. the more they will do anything aganist there fellow employees to get it.

    Jul 27, 2009
  • anon

    No I do not think that large awards are appropriate, especially right now, However I read with interest that there are espresso makers, GPS system, Personal Computers being given as awards. These must be MANAGEMENT Perks and awards because Us lowly carriers are lucky to get 2 free movie tickets as a reward or recognition for a job well done, and even those have pretty much stopped.why doesn't the inspection service or OIG track that!

    Jul 27, 2009

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