Oct. 16 eScoop: Important updates from IT, Human Resources and employees doing well

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Oct. 16, 2020

Kristen Hassen

PACC director will take life-saving philosophy to national animal welfare group

Kristen Hassen, who in three years as director of animal services with Pima Animal Care Center helped move PACC to a state-of-the-art facility while rescuing more animals than ever, is leaving the County to become the director for American Pets Alive in Austin, Texas.



Pima County’s new Intranet is going live

The Information Technology Department has completed its pilot testing of a new County Intranet and is ready to make the page available to all departments. The new site launches Oct. 26 and features an easy-to-navigate, searchable interface that is mobile-friendly.

The most significant improvement is the ability for departments to easily update and change department intranet pages themselves. Web IT will be migrating all existing Intranet content to the new Intranet page and departments will be trained over the course of the next several months on how to update their pages.


bullying course

Oct. 16 is last day to complete bullying course

The Human Resources, Training and Staff Development team, TEAMW.O.R.K., is rolling out its "Preventing, Identifying, and Addressing Workplace Bullying" online course, which is designed to explain Workplace Bullying.

This course is mandatory for all Pima County employees and must be completed by Friday, Oct.16.


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Don’t wait to start earning Healthy Lifestyle Discounts

Making healthy choices now could mean money in your pocket later.

The Human Resources' BeWell Program wants to remind you that there are five months left to participate in the Employee Wellness Program in order to earn points to qualify for the 2021/22 Discount #2 - Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points (up to $15 per pay period).


Phishing campaign

Information Technology Department conducts phishing awareness campaign

Notice anything 'phishy' in your inbox lately? In recent months, government enterprises have seen a rise in the volume and sophistication of phishing emails - emails designed to deceive you into installing malware, providing sensitive information, or even wiring money to a hacker's account.

To help combat this threat, Pima County ITD has partnered with a world-class security company to develop and run a phishing awareness program.


logistics team

Well Done! Kudos to logistics team, Loop, and former sportswriter

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office. Send your ideas on employees who should receive a pat on the back to the eScoop editor.

In this issue, you’ll hear about the amount of personal protective equipment the Health Department's logistics team is handing out, how The Loop is getting national attention, and the recent honor picked up by a member of the Communications Office.



Take our employee survey on respect

We A.R.E. Pima County. Accountable, Respectful and Ethical.

You've helped the Human Resources Training Committee define the values of “Ethical” and “Accountable.” Please take this short survey and tell us what "Respectful" behavior means to you.


Halloween decorations

Departments get creative to drum up support for annual ECAP campaign

The annual Employees Care About Pima County campaign is at its halfway mark, so there’s still plenty of time to give. But some departments aren’t wasting any time in finding creative ways to encourage fellow employees to participate.

So far, the campaign has raised more than $125,000. There’s still a ways to go to hit the County’s goal of $333,000. Make your gift through the United Way/Pima County ECAP site. You also can download a paper pledge form or an electronic pledge form.


blood donation

Blood Drive is Oct. 28-29

Give the gift of life Oct. 28–29 at the County Blood Drive set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Public Works Building, Conference Room C basement, 201 N. Stone Ave.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767, or call Lisa Matthews at 724-4425.

Donors can also text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 on mobile device to schedule or cancel an appointment using the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. They also may make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: PCDT.


bike commuter

Still time to take the annual Travel Reduction Survey

If you haven't taken the annual Travel Reduction Program (TRP) Employee Survey, you have till the end of October to do so.

All employers in Pima County with 100+ employees are required by ordinance to complete this survey annually to comply with the regional plan to reduce air pollution in our community. Your participation will make a difference in many ways.

Use the password PIMDO and take the survey now!



Library offers voting resources for all ages

Voting really is for everyone, even those not yet old enough to exercise the franchise.

Pima County Public Library has compiled a list of titles for all ages to learn about the voting process and why it's important. These titles were purchased with grant funds in support of inclusive communities. The project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Mystery Photo

Mystery photo

Where was I taken?

Send your best guess to MysteryPhoto@pima.gov. Be sure to put Mystery Photo in the subject line.

Our last Mystery Photo had a whopping number of correct guesses. Congrats to all! Find out where last month's photo was taken and all of those who guessed correctly.