Flexible Workforce

Non-career employees, or temporary workers who do not receive full employee benefits and privileges, make up a significant part of the U.S. Postal Service’s workforce – about 130,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2016. The USPS uses non-career employees throughout its operations.

 

More than Bargained for

With many lengthy disputes that are eventually settled, differences between parties sometimes linger. That seems to be the case with the 40-year-old dispute between Postal Service management and labor over the number of hours a postmaster or supervisor can spend performing work typically reserved for bargaining unit employees. In late 2014, the Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union reached a settlement in the 1970s case that capped that number at 15 per week.

 

Do you find flexibility policies helpful or harmful in your workplace?

A business is only as good as its employees, which is why more and more organizations are offering flexible workforce policies to attract and retain the best workers. Among other things, flexible workforce policies help employees adjust their work schedules to the needs and circumstances of their personal lives, so they can have a healthier work-life balance. The idea is that happier employees are more committed and productive employees, and that leads to better customer service.

 

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  • 5 days 12 hours ago
    Service standards may need improvement . There is always room for improvement however time wasting practices are not enforced. Floor plans such as work triangles where distances to collect product...
  • 5 days 14 hours ago
    I often post letters from the mailboxes at airports before I take off or as I land. Recently I've noticed it takes 6 days for a letter to go across town, a distance of 20 miles. For example I...

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