Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Art of Politics
I have been watching the decline of the US Postal Service for some time now. It keeps losing billions of dollars every year. Recently we have been informed that some of our offices here in Missoula will be shut down. This is the only area where I see a possible pull back in government. Will people actually lose their jobs? Yet, I work for UPS one of the most solvent self-sustained companies in the world. I watch how UPS adapts to the economy and makes adjustments. As far as I can tell it’s one of the smartest companies because it is run with a highly efficient business model. When the economy tanked we too felt that as a company, but we made adjustments company wide, some of them quite uncomfortable, like turning the heat down, to what I felt was an unbearable work level. We all dressed warmer and got through it, everyone in the company became conscientious of what needed to be done and became a part of savings. But for one winter, we cut cost enough company-wide that we did not have to cut jobs or sacrifice production. We constantly know what the bottom line is as it changes day to day. UPS through adaptation, has found what works, by employing people for what it specifically needs and creating an efficient part time position for about forty percent of its employees who specialize in certain areas of production, like myself. By cutting out all the excess, they are able to afford their employees, even the part time ones, great benefits and some of the best healthcare in the country. We have recently begun a new process of contracting a lot of our smaller packages to the US Postal Service to deliver thousands of packages each day.
It’s too bad our government can’t seem to take example from what works and has worked for 106 years. UPS is a company about the people for the people. We are its greatest assets. It’s that the way this country started and was founded. How is it that the land of the free and the brave, no longer seems to be about the people it’s designed to serve? Things have got to change. We are headed toward a collision course for disaster if this trajectory remains constant. No wonder we are in a state of collapse and people now live in fear day to day.
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