Employee News - January 30, 2019


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Executive Constantine joined 1,000 volunteers for Count Us In, the annual point-in-time count for people experiencing homelessness 

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined more than 1,000 volunteers, including several members of his Senior Leadership Team, in the early hours of Friday, Jan, 25, for Count Us In, the annual point-in-time county of people experiencing homelessness throughout King County.  

Watch this short video as the Executive talks about the importance of this event and some of the things that King County is doing to tackle homelessness.


New Senior Leadership Team video featuring Dwight Dively, Director, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget 

We’ve been featuring the members of Executive Constantine’s Senior Leadership Team in a new video series, and the latest video with Dwight Dively, Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, is now available. 

In this video we spotlight Dwight, what he does in his role, and what brought him to King County. 

Click the image below to watch the video. You can also watch the previous videos featuring Chief Performance Officer Gary Kurihara and Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams, and see all the videos on this webpage. Look for the remaining videos over the next couple of months!


Employee Spotlights


King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office employee featured for work promoting disability rights 

Lori Bridgewater, a paralegal in the Homicide and Violent Crimes unit within the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, was recently highlighted by KIRO 7 News. A long-time employee, Lori recently suffered a stroke and now uses a wheelchair. Lori has received services from King County Disability Services, and has been supported through the accommodation and return to work process. She has used this experience to raise awareness about accessibility issues for people and how buildings and locations can work to become more ADA compliant. 

To view the full story, read more here. You can make an ADA request for sidewalk fixes as well as find route options on the city of Seattle’s website here.


King County appraiser awarded national honor 

The International Association of Assessing Officers, (IAAO) the leading professional trade association offering education, technical standards, and consulting services to property appraisers, has conferred the professional appraisal designation of Residential Evaluation Specialist upon Mike Mills, residential appraiser within the King County Department of Assessments.   

The designation recognizes attainment of the highest level of experience, competency, and professionalism in the appraisal professional, and is awarded after a rigorous application process.  Very few appraisers pursue or achieve this designation. 

Mike is a 5 year member of the King County Department of Assessment and is assigned to the Multi-Family Properties Appraisal Team.  

“Mike’s dedication and expertise are an inspiration to our department,” said Assessor John Wilson. “This achievement demonstrates his commitment to serve the citizens of King County. “ 

 King County Department of Assessments provides ongoing education and professional development opportunities for its staff to better serve its customers.


DHR manager named a 2018 Emerging Training Leader by national magazine 

Debra Baker, Acting Employee Development and Training Manager with the Department of Human Resources (DHR), has been selected by Training magazine as one of the winners of its Emerging Training Leaders of 2018. 

In selecting this year's winners the magazine said it was "recognizing 25 training professionals who inspired and engaged their organizations with exceptional leadership skills, business acumen, and innovation." 

As one of the winners, Debra will be profiled in the January/February 2019 issue of Training magazine and online at www.trainingmag.com, and will be honored at an awards ceremony next month at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort during the Training 2019 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. 

Congratulations Debra!


View your W-2 form online, paper copies were also mailed this week 

Your 2018 W-2 form is now available in PeopleSoft to view and print. A paper copy of your W-2 form was mailed this week by ADP to the address you have listed in PeopleSoft. 

To view or print your W-2, log in to PeopleSoft from work, choose the Payroll tile, then go to “View W-2/W-2c Forms.” You can also access W-2 forms by registering at the ADP website. If you need help with PeopleSoft, call the IT Service Center at 206-263-4357. 

Your Form 1095-C—Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage—will also be sent to your home address by ADP. This form is informational only—it shows whether you were offered health insurance by King County last year. 

For questions about the information on your W-2, please see W-2 Form Guide or contact your payroll representative. If you have questions about Form 1095-C, please see About Form 1095-C or contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or KC.Benefits.


An exciting new wellness tool for Kaiser Permanente members 

King County employees enrolled in the Kasier Permanente health plan have access to a new wellness tool. Omada® is a program to support you and eligible covered family members in achieving your goals toward healthy weight and reducing your risk of certain chronic diseases. Omada is available at no cost to you, if you’re eligible. This is another way that King County is Investing in YOU. Learn more

Employee survey revised to better hear from you! 

How can we make King County work better for you? We use the annual Employee Engagement Survey to hear from you about changes you want to see here at King County. 

Employees who participated in the survey over the last three years have helped us make King County a better place to work, and a more effective service provider for our residents.  This year we’re making some enhancements to make the survey work better for everyone:

  • The survey is shorter.  
  • Analysis will be done in house. 
  • There will be more ways to take it electronically.  
  • Annual administration of the survey is switching from fall to spring. 
  • We will be able to look at how engagement relates to organizational performance.  

Read more about these changes and what will stay the same here

Updated program offers help for home buying, selling, and remodeling 

You could qualify for significant savings and special services! Learn about the newly updated homeownership and banking benefits program offered to King County employees by HomeStreet Bank. Home loan and finance experts will be on-site to talk to you about programs to help you with home buying, selling, and remodeling and answer questions you have about your financial goals.  

  • Thursday, Feb. 7, Noon – 1 p.m., Chinook Building, Room 118 
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, Noon – 1 p.m., King Street Center, Cloaca Maxima 

Don’t miss the overview of this important King County employee benefit! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. To learn more, go to King County Homeownership Program.

Tech Tip: Critical information to help stop cyberattacks 

Recent cyber-attacks have caused an emergency at one local city. The type of attack is called ransomware, and it’s is a form of malicious software that takes over your computer and prevents you from accessing files until you pay a ransom. 

Think before you click We can stop these attacks. The most common way ransomware enters computer networks is through email. Often, scammers include malicious links or attachments in emails that look harmless. Read more.

Training Spotlight

Introduction to Mindfulness, Feb. 14: In this workshop we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away. Register and learn more.

You’re the Boss: Now What? Feb. 28 and March 7: Has your job position changed and now you are in charge? Are you adapting to a new supervisory role? In the two-class workshop gain insight in how you can efficiently make the transition to supervisor and how to effectively support and coach your team. You will be responsible for calendaring and attending both of these dates to receive a course completion. The dates are Thursday, February 28, 2019 and Thursday, March 7, 2019. Register and learn more.


Pet of the Week: Bryce 

Fall in love with Bryce, our Pet of the Week! 

This seven-year-old boy quickly became a favorite among staff and volunteers at the Pet Adoption Center. He is curious, affectionate, and active. He also loves to meow, so if you like a “talker,” Bryce might just be the cat for you! He cannot hear though, so he is looking for a special home with a family who will take the time to get to know his communication style. Because Bryce is deaf, he should be an indoor-only cat. Read more.

Featured Job: External Relations Manager 

Salary: $114,771.28 - $145,479.36 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

Department: DLS - Local Services 

Job Number: 2019MCK09218 

Closing: 2/4/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

King County's new Department of Local Services (DLS) is currently recruiting for an External Relations Manager to work out of the Director office and serve as a key member of the Department's Leadership team. The External Relations Manager will lead this new Department's community engagement, strategic external and internal communications, media relations, public affairs, and community partnerships efforts to achieve the DLS goals and long-term County agenda.

This position will work to advance our mission for collaborative and engaging external relations with and for the unincorporated communities of King County, the King County Executive office, and Council. This position will also work to cultivate the public's trust in and understanding of King County through innovative community relations and communications strategies developed for the residents of unincorporated King County. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

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