CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — A staffing shortage at the United States Postal Service is causing mail and package delays in at least one part of central Pennsylvania.
The USPS acknowledged the problem to ABC27, saying it is struggling to hire enough workers in Cumberland County, and that is subsequently causing significant delays of package dropoffs and days without mail for some customers.
At a post office in Mechanicsburg on Simpson Ferry Road, a sign out front reads “Now Hiring”.
In a statement, USPS apologized for the delays and inconvenience, saying during the holidays, “USPS implements contingency plans like Sunday delivery and also utilizes a flexible workforce to accommodate increased volumes. We are bringing new employees on in many areas, including Carlisle and Mechanicsburg.
Not sure how it would be these days, but once upon a time, just a few years back, people lined up here to even get their foot in the door to apply for any type of opening with the USPS. I'm really surprised there is a shortage & they weren't staffed up for the holidays.
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
They can't seem to keep what seasonal help they do manage to get due to impossible workloads (12 to 15 hour days) for minimal pay, no benefits, and little to no training. Just "here's the job go do it". Don't know if that is the case everywhere or just around here, but the post office is arguably the most undesirable job around these parts. All the hassles of customer service plus being outside in all sorts of bad weather conditions.
Four different days in the last week I've had someone else's mail in my box and twice one of my neighbors had mine.
I understand not wanting to be out in the bad weather. USPS must have changed on a grand scale over the past several years - they used to pay pretty well, had training to start, and offered benefits pretty comparable to the civil service system. When you got someone in, they never left - the local employees here are pretty much like that: you've been seeing the same people for decades, both at the window in the post office & on the routes; and there's not nearly the amount of route walking that there used to be because a large percentage of residential boxes are either at the curb (jeep rolls up, mailman opens the box & tosses the mail in; maybe runs to the front door to occasionally drop off a package and rolls on) or they're in a permanent box set up at the midpoint for a block.
A bil worked for the USPS for at least 30 yrs - tho' surely he's retired by now; he's close to 70.
It's a matter of mindset. I was very fortunate that my first military mentor was a full bird Colonel, a Viet Nam vet (and maybe Korean conflict too, don't know). He taught us a lot of great ideas for success. One of his favorite sayings, which was definitely drilled into my head was, "You can stand on your head for 6 months, or you can work for the devil for a year." I could take one of those positions as long as I had goals for doing it. I grin so big because I know what I just wrote would make some people's heads explode. Oh well. It's something I've lived by for over 40 yrs. ;)