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Thanks for What You Do
By Stan Johnson
Member of Spokane, WA, Branch 60 and Retired Postmaster of Airway Heights
I hope everyone has made it through peak season without any injuries and your sanity intact. As we move into 2023, there is a lot on which to reflect. Was it a good year to be a Postal Service employee?
For some, the answer might be “no.” The number of days worked and the long hours can weigh on you. How is morale? Talking to people, it seems as if morale can’t get any lower, then a new day arrives and it’s even more challenging.
Were there any good things about which to brag? No one in my area could give me anything about which to write. As a 40-year employee, not a day goes by that I don’t think about the managers who still show up to work every day and deal with all the issues.
Remember, your employees also are under a lot of stress. Praise them when you can, especially the ones who show up and, perhaps, help lift you up.
The Postal Service is a lifeline to many. There still are people who pay bills, write letters and depend on us for their everyday living. Your dedication and love for this organization amazes me. Hopefully, your manager shows some appreciation for a job well done.
Keep in mind there are people and services available if life becomes too challenging and you are having trouble coping. Reach out to your local NAPS president and voice your concerns. We are all good listeners!