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Attitudes are Contagious. Is Yours Worth Catching?

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 03/06/18

No one sets the tone in your office more than you.  Do you go into work with a positive attitude or are you the first to jump on the Negative Nancy campaign?  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying that I’m Susie Sunshine 100% of the time.  We ALL have our ups and downs.  I just try my best NOT to convey a negative attitude to my peers and coworkers.  That’s where the “best friend at work” comes into play.  There have been a lot of comments made about the question on the Postal Pulse survey asking if you have a best friend at work.  Having someone you can lean on who understands your position can make a world of difference.  Your family and friends outside of work are often supportive, but unless they work for the USPS, they don’t always quite understand some of the issues that we deal with.  You need to cultivate relationships with your peers to help yourself AND to support each other. 

No post office is an island unless you let it become one and asking for help is not a sign of weakness.  Everyone could use help at some point…whether you’re having trouble understanding an issue or you’re completely out of your element.  Don’t let yourself become so completely overwhelmed that it paralyzes you and keeps you from doing your job.  Reach out to your best friend at work.  Remember that EAP is always an option, and there is no shame in utilizing it.  If you need additional training in a specific area, request it!  There are some useful training courses in LMS that are very comprehensive.  Sometimes LMS gets a bad rap, but it has improved dramatically since it was rolled out.  Reach out to your District training office and your MPOO.  Let them know that you want and/or need training on specific topics.

Our organization has played an extremely important role in helping me find not just one best friend at work but several that I can turn to when I need help.  Plus, our meetings serve as a huge destressor.  Gathering together gives us the opportunity to network and provides some awesome training.  Whether you choose to become actively involved in meetings or not, I hope that you will reach out to other members and broaden your own circle of support.  Remember, your attitude really IS contagious.  Whether you’re in a work setting or a UPMA event, let YOUR attitude be the one that is WORTH catching.


   Submitted By:
   Susan Rice
   UPMA National Vice President
   Eastern U.S.