In my “Big Ideas” post earlier this month, there were several unique, out-of-the-box suggestions for helping the Postal Service right itself.
This week, we are exploring explore five of those ideas and you can weigh in on each.
Here’s the third.
A commenter said this. “We need to reduce management. The majority of craft personnel know what they need to do and they do it.” The commenter suggested self-directed carrier units, where they work as a team to get the job done. “ Let team decisions be driven by computer reports and our main goal - delivery. Allow for craft bonuses for teams who do a great job managing themselves.”
The supervisory numbers are falling, along with the total USPS employee totals. Here’s the trend, as gleaned from the annual report.
Year Supervisors Total Employees
2005 33,234 803,000
2006 33,201 796,199
2007 32,635 785,929
2008 31,787 765,929
2009 28,812 712,082
The total employee workforce has fallen 12 percent since 2005, while the supervisory workforce has fallen 14 percent.
What do you think? Are these ideas smart? Are there some good benefits? Is there too much downside? Not enough upside? I want to know how you feel. Just be thoughtful and polite in your response.