Post office ramps up hiring amid understaffing challenges
News cameras are rarely allowed behind the counter, but the U.S. Postal Service needs help hiring right now, so they gave KOMO News a behind-the-scenes look at how they do things at their Lake City Post Office in Seattle.
So, why is the Postal Service so low on staffing right now?
“We had a situation. The whole country had a situation; Covid,” said Eden Ching, with Workforce Operations at the Postal Service in Washington.
She said many of their employees retired during the pandemic because they could not find childcare. Employees are fully vested after 6 years of service. All of those departures left a large void.
“Unlike some of the companies in the United States that are reducing their workforce. We are actively hiring aggressively hiring,” said Kim Frum, spokesperson for the Postal Service, covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.