Employee News - September 25, 2019


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Executive proclamation and celebration kick off Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed the month beginning September 15 “Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month” in King County. Additionally, Sound Transit’s Latinx in Transportation (LIT) Employee Resource Group, King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation held a multi-agency Latinx Heritage Month kick-off celebration on September 19, 2019. View photos of the celebration and the proclamation here.

Pictured: From left to right, King County Director of Equity and Social Justice Matias ValenzuelaKing County Metro Transit Transportation Planner Penny Lara, event keynote speaker Estela Ortega, Director oSound Transit’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion Jackie Martinez-Vasquez, and King County Executive Dow Constantine. 


Focus on values: We drive for results 

In July, Executive Constantine launched our True North vision and values to Executive Branch employees as part of our ongoing effort to build a workplace culture of respect, innovation, and performance excellence. Read more and watch the video here.

Employee Spotlights

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From Supported Employment Participant to Behavioral Health Division Employee  

King County is celebrating National Recovery Month this September by helping to raise awareness, support, and recovery resources for people with mental health and substance use conditions and their families, friends and co-workers who support them. Read more.



Acceptable use of email in the workplace

Email is an important tool for your work here at King County, and it is most effective when used appropriately. It is important that each employee understands the legislation and policies that apply to our use of email. Read more.


CFJC Resource Center connects youth and families to service providers

The brick and mortar of the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) is nearing completion, but it’s the services that will be provided to youth, their families and the community that will make this building shine. Read more.


King County 2019 flu shot schedule

Check out the King County 2019 Flu Shot Schedule and mark your calendars for the location most convenient for you. These are open to all employees, unless noted otherwise. If you miss the opportunity to get a flu shot at work, here are some tips for getting your flu shot through your health plan. Contact 
balancedyou@kingcounty.gov for more information. Read more.

King County Information Technology Innovation Day, Sept. 30 

Want to learn about amazing tech options available to aid your department or agency? Then come visit KCIT Innovation Day Monday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Multiple rooms on the first floor of the Chinook Building will host different speakers and topics throughout the day. Read more.


Mindfulness classes offered to King County employees 

Looking to reduce stress? Mindfulness is the simple yet powerful ability of the mind to attend more fully to the present moment’s experience. Cultivating mindfulness results in many benefits for mental and physical health, well-being, and happiness. Through a partnership with Mindfulness Northwest, Balanced You offers Mindfulness classes, available online and in-person to all employees, free-of-charge. Visit Balanced You's blog for a list of classes recently added for Fall/Winter 2019. 

Circle Keeper Process Training dates now available, Oct. and Nov. 

The National Compadres Network in partnership with King County's Office of Equity and Social Justice presents Circle Keeper Process TrainingThis two day training is offered Oct. 22-23 and Nov. 5-6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participants must be present for both days to receive certification and curricula.  For more information and to apply click here. If you have any questions about the training or the application please contact Tynishia Walker at twalker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-0534 


Making Life Easier program offers tools for stress relief 

King County’s Making Life Easier program offers the Wellspring Stress Center, a web-based stress management tool that includes a variety of resources to help become more stress-resilient. One of the tools, Instant Relief, is designed to help ease tension in minutes and stay relaxed and recharged throughout the day, by including guided meditation, muscle relaxation, desk yoga, and relaxation music. Access Instant Relief at 
www.kcmakinglifeeasier.com, enter username “King County,” and click on Stress Center. 


Get ready for 1,350 new bus trips per week starting Sept. 21 

The last few times we’ve asked you to “get ready,” it hasn’t been connected with good news. Alaskan Way Viaduct closure and buses moving out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel required the public to change travel times and habits, and made tougher commutes for everyone. But, we have great news with the Fall Service Change starting September 21: more Metro to get you where you are going. Read more.

Training Spotlight 

Mental Health First Aid at Work: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Workplace is a skills based and experiential training program. MHFA At Work teaches employees how to become aware of and support an individual who may be experiencing a mental health/substance use issue or crisis and help access appropriate resources. Register and learn more here. 

View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 


Pet of the Week: JoJo 

JoJo is a 12 ½ year-old, male, shorthair black cat (A403147). His personality color is GREEN, meaning he is an outgoing and adaptable cat who loves to go with the flow. This handsome boy is very sweet and loves to be around people. He can be the life of the party, especially if food is involved! He loves puzzles and works really hard when the reward involves a yummy treat! JoJo does have a heart murmur, so he will do best with regular visits to the veterinarian. 

Read more at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. 

Featured JobContract Specialist I-II 

Salary: $73,132.80 - $104,374.40 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Multiple job types-career service and/or temp 

Department: DNRP - Natural Resources & Parks 

Job Number: 2019-10564 

Closing: 10/1/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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