Employee News - March 20, 2019


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Halfway through the Employee Survey, who’s leading the participation contest? 

We’re halfway through the 2019 Employee Engagement Survey and more than 4,800 employees have already had their say on their experience at King County. The survey is an opportunity to check in with you about what’s working and not working, how we can improve our services, and what we can do to help you get the most out of your King County career.   

This year we are running a countywide Speak Up! participation contest, with all divisions placed in contest classes with their peers by employee headcount. Those with the highest participation or are the first in their bracket to achieve 100% will be awarded prizes. As of Wednesday, March 20, the current leaders of this year’s contest are: 


Click here for the breakdown for each category and get real time participation rates here. 

The survey runs through Friday, March 29 (March 22 for Metro paper surveys), so please take 15 minutes to have your say. This year, employees in all branches and departments of King County are eligible for the employee survey, except employees in Superior Court, District Court, and the Sheriff’s Office, employees who are short term temporary (STT), interns, and employees who have not worked at the county for at least six months prior to the survey period. For 2019, employees must have started before September 11, 2018 to be eligible. 

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A perfect fit: how King County’s Mentorship Program develops employees 

As Mary scrolled through the database of potential mentors a quote caught her attention: “I believe in having a ‘growth mindset.’ I think our potential exceeds our awareness, and the benefits of having someone guide your thinking in that direction can be incredibly helpful. Seeing someone make intentional choices about their next step in their careers will be very gratifying.” 

“I recognized the support I needed when I read this approach to mentoring before we were matched, said Mary Lear, Capital Project Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks. “Getting to meet Chris and talk to her has helped me learn more about the County structure and leadership.” Read more.

Employee Spotlights


KCIT communications employee honored for military service on International Women’s Day   

Elizabeth Inglese, a Visual Designer with King County Information Technology, was recently featured in a New York Times article highlighting women’s achievements in the military as part of International Women’s Day.  

As a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Elizabeth served as the Chief Designer for the Reserve’s Centennial Commemoration Campaign, (2015-2016). Her design work appeared across America, including such locations as the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La., the Navy Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and even Times Square in New York. Read more.

Pictured: Elizabeth Inglese with two samples of her work for this campaign.

Water and Land Resources Division’s Women in STEM: Part 1 

At King County March is proclaimed Women’s History Month. Historically, careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have been male-dominated. In the Water and Land Resources Division, 45 percent of the nearly 400 employees are women representing the STEM fields — the expertise needed to provide clean water and healthy habitat for all of King County. 

We asked a sampling of our ecologists, biologists, engineers, planners and landscape architects how they pursued a career in a historically male-dominated field and what advice they might have for other women. Read more or watch the video below.

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Executive Services employee represents Seattle region at Harvard Business School 

King County employee Chris Franco, a Procure and Pay Functional Lead in the Business Resource Center, was selected to attend Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Young American Leaders Program (YALP) this June, as a representative of the Seattle region. 

Only 10 members are chosen each year to participate in the program from select cities across the country including: Birmingham, Boston, Chattanooga, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. 

“Being selected to represent the Seattle Region is a deeply humbling honor, and means the world to me,” said Chris. “We’re fortunate to live in one of the fastest growing and most prosperous regions in the world. However, not all of our residents have benefited from that growth and prosperity. I look forward to working with my cohort, our community, and our region’s leaders to find innovative and equitable ways for all of us to prosper from our collective labor and wealth.” Read more.

Pictured: Chris Franco, far right, featured with other YALP participants.


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Womxn's History Month Panel 2019: Womxn Who Lead 

Employees are welcome to join the 4th annual panel discussion in recognition of March as Womxn’s History Month at King County. This year's theme is, "Womxn Who Lead: Stories from the Past and How They Influence the Future.”  

Monday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. King County Courthouse room E-942. The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. 

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is needed. Lunch is not provided, but there will be light refreshments. Employees are welcome to bring their own lunch to eat during the event. Read more.


Want to change your tax withholding? 

If you would like to adjust the amount withheld from your paycheck for tax purposes, you can update your W-4 using PeopleSoft: 

  • Sign on to PeopleSoft 
  • Select the Payroll button 
  • Select W-4 Tax Information
  • Enter your choices and use the Submit button 

If you prefer to use paper, go to the IRS website and print a 2019 Form W-4. Complete the form and mail to the following address or hand-deliver, weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reminder: Never use interoffice mail to send items containing a Social Security. 

For questions contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations, Chinook Building, CNK-ES-0230, 401 Fifth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104.  

The IRS website has information about Tax Withholding, including a Withholding Calculator. If you have Payroll-related questions, please call Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556, Option 2, or email kc.benefits@kingcounty.gov. 


"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside of yourself" – Oprah Winfrey 

The King County Mentorship Program provides opportunities for growth, development and support, and also helps employees achieve their career goals. The program supports mentors by providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge on a specific topic (to teach is to know), increase their reputation and influence, and the satisfaction of passing on critical knowledge important to the continued success of the county. The program supports mentees by providing a trusted advisor to urge each person to learn new things about his or herself, help make more of personal strengths and develop hidden talents.

To learn more and take the first step to participating in the program, register for a monthly Lunch-n-Learns. The next available dates are Thursday, April 11, Thursday, May 2, and Wednesday, June 6.

Submit 2018 FSA claims by March 31 

Do you still have funds in your 2018 Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? You must submit claims for eligible expenses incurred in 2018 to Navia before midnight, March 31.  

For the Health Care FSA only, unused funds up to $500 will carry over to the next calendar year. These carryover funds will be available to you after March 31. 

Go to Navia Benefits to check your FSA account balances, learn about eligible expenses, and learn how to file a claim. 

If you have any questions about accessing your FSA benefits, please contact Navia at 800-669-3539, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. — 5 p.m. (PT) or email Navia Customer Service. 


Pet of the WeekGeorgia 

We’ve got Georgia on our minds for Pet of the Week! 

This affectionate lovebug would be thrilled to cuddle up with you at home. She has a “Rambunctious Red” personality, meaning she is a spirited dog with a fun-loving personality. Read more.

Featured JobAccounts Payable Specialist II 

Salary: $22.44 - $28.58 Hourly 

Location: Seattle, WA 

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

Department: DES - Executive Services 

Job Number: 2019-LC09588 

Closing: 4/2/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Make a difference in Accounts Payable! King County is recruiting for an Accounts Payable Specialist II (Fiscal Specialist II) to perform high–level clerical, technical, and administrative accounting functions in support of the Procurement and Payables Section of the Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD).  Our ideal candidates will establish and maintain effective relationships with customers and co-workers by building rapport, demonstrating compassion, and adhering to King County's core values. They will earn the trust, respect, and support of their co-workers by sharing responsibility and accountability. They will build effective customer relationships by attentive and active listening, and consistent problem solving, with follow-up on issues as they arise. Our new hires must thrive in an ever-changing environment of continuous improvement and take joy in adapting to new circumstances. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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