getting paid to do nothing

Would you like to get paid for doing nothing?  Then get a job at the U.S. Postal Service.  Because mail volume has went down, there isn’t enough work for all the employees.  Normally companies would have layoffs, or at least temporary layoffs, but because of the union, the USPS cannot let excess employees go.  So the people with no work to do cannot be fired, and they cannot go home for the day, so they are assigned to “resource rooms”, where they have to sit around until there’s work to do.   Sometimes the wait is for a few hours, but sometimes it’s for entire shifts.

According to this article, employees don’t like this.  If there’s nothing to do in those rooms, I can see that.  But some people bring books or puzzles to pass the time.  That wouldn’t be so bad.  If you have a portable gaming system like the Nintendo DS, that would be great.  Some people sleep.  Those holding rooms might not be the most comfortable places, but getting paid to sleep sounds like a good deal.  Well, a good deal for the people getting paid.  What about the people having to pay for it?

Since the USPS is run by the government, taxpayers are paying more than a million dollars each week for these employees to sit in empty rooms and do nothing.  The agency is averaging about 45,000 hours of “standby time” per week, which is the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees do nothing.  This costs more than $50 million per year!

So there are jobs out there where you can get paid for hardly working.  But I doubt the USPS is hiring now, so you’ll have to find another one.  I reckon you might have to work at a job before it turns into one that involves little work.   Because few job listings say “little work required”.  And if they did, there would be millions of people applying…

4 thoughts on “getting paid to do nothing

  1. renee

    the postal service is not funded by taxpayers it is one of the only self sastaining government entities. Therefore you story is not accurate.

  2. Thomas Wayne

    I did not know it was “self sastaining”. If so, then 5% of the story is not accurate. If the rest is true, then that’s still $50 million that could be better spent. And that $50 million is probably paid for by price increases of stamps and such. So in a way, we still help foot the bill.

  3. Fab

    Also, the USPS is operating in the RED but I can’t help but think that the $50 million would do a lot to make them profitable. The USPS is similar in it’s government involvement to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the government takeover of Healthcare that is being proposed. They try to say it’s private sector and self-sustaining, but it comes with all the governmental inefficiencies. What a deal!

    1. voted for change

      Why you talk ’bout gubment ineffishencies? Cause since Obama took over he done fixed all dat wif his economic stimulas plan and his transparency. Obama said everything be better now, and he wouldn’t lie to us, so I don’t know why all yall haters be critical. Err’body should jus truss Obama, cuz he is the answer.

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