On Area Observations (O.A.O)

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by stevetheupsguy, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Had my first on area observation of the year, yesterday. Nothing like getting a jump on things. This is a picture of how my On-Road sup found me. It looks worse than it is, really. This deputy pulled up behind me, but I think he forgot his blue lights were still flashing. As I got out to take the picture, my On-Road comes walking up from behind the police car. He thought I had been pulled over, but quickly realized what was going on.

    He told me had had been following me for quite some time and wanted to give me his assessment of his observation. He saw me back unecessarily once. Parked on the wrong side of the road in a residential neighborhood, once. Didn't use my handrail as much as he would have liked.

    He also said that he expected to see me running as I made deliveries and was surprised to see me walking at a good pace. He did observe me cut through someones lawn once, also. I had absolutely no idea that I was being followed, and told him so. It doesn't really matter to me, he was doing his job and I'm not offended or feel singled out. After his assessment, he complimented me on staying fit and asked that I try to improve in the areas we discussed. I will try, and look forward to the next OAO.

    Management has their job to do and we have ours. We don't need to be afraid of being followed as long as we do our jobs properly.
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Great attitude...better than mine and I've been in management for 30 years. :happy2:
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Steve, this thread is the perfect example of the phrase "do the job as though you are being watched every second." I also applaud your attitude in that you and your on-car calmly spoke about your assessment and he complimented you and you agreeing to work on those areas that may need improvement. This should be the manner in which all hourly/mgt discussions are conducted. Steve left with a measure of respect for his on-car and I would bet that the on-car did the same with Steve. Good job!
  4. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    Steve and his camera!!
  5. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    I should have taken a picture of my supe taking a picture of the cop car behind my pkg car.:happy-very:
  6. Big Babooba

    Big Babooba Well-Known Member

    Even better - you should of had somebody taking a picture of you as you were taking a picture of your supe as he was taking a picture of the cop car behind your pkg car.
  7. longlunchguy

    longlunchguy Runnin on Empty

    [​IMG] They usually wait and take my picture at the station. Steve..You're supposed to call me when they're doing observations so I start closing my bulkhead door!
  8. mattwtrs

    mattwtrs Retired Senior Member

    After the photo op at the station how do you get the ink off your fingers?
  9. some1else

    some1else Active Member

    what? i think this guys likes you lol

    i would tell him to start following usps around he will have a better chance with those guys lol
  10. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    steve, why did he expect to see you running???
  11. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Past behavior.
  12. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    got it...:peaceful:
  13. Coldworld

    Coldworld Well-Known Member

    btw, are your pics done by a cell phone or do you carry a digital camera around...if its a cell its pretty nice pic quality.
  14. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Kodak z712is, don't own a cell phone.
  15. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    ....wait a minute.
    You've got 4 kids, a wife, a large circle of friends and you are the epicenter of the operation in your area and you don't have a cell?
  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Steve. Kudos to you for not owning a cell phone. I don't own one either. Your girls have more important things to do than texting 14,000 messages a month. I still believe it may do something to your head.....only time will tell.
  17. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    The nice part about owning a cell phone is that when your management team comes out to do some on area observations, you can call everyone else in your loop and warn them.

    We also have a spy in the office who can sometimes warn us when the sups are headed out our way. We know what kind of cars they drive, and where they usually like to park. Its like something out of a bad prison movie.

    99% of the time they come out and watch you during your pickup route, since they know exactly where you will be at a certain time.
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    +/- 15 minutes
  19. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    You have to stop complete it at that time, doesn't mean you have to be there.
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I would never do that.