Mailroom


Mailroom
A typical mailroom and kitchenette.

A mailroom is a room in which incoming and outgoing mail is processed and sorted. Mailrooms are commonly found in schools, offices, apartment buildings, and the generic post office.

In the workplace, a mailroom can be associated with the breakroom; these rooms can be combined into one. For instance, a mailroom can contain an area for employees to take a break. Besides mailboxes and mail slots, this area might have a kitchenette with a coffee maker, microwave, table and chairs, refrigerator, sink, pantry, or oven.

A person who is in charge of a mailroom is known as a mailroom clerk (referred to some employees as a gofer, which implies as a menial job position, for example: an employee who starts off "at the bottom", working in the mailroom doing errands, making copies, filing papers, and so forth). This person usually works independently and is responsible for a company's incoming and outgoing mail. A mailroom clerk deals with the preparation of packaged goods, letters, and other mail for shipping by the local post office or by an independent shipping service. Additionally, this person also delivers mail for other employees in different departments using a mail cart. A mailroom clerk's job may be with a private firm, government agency, non-profit group, or a military operation.

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