Employee News - July 14, 2020

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Get to know our “Guidance for Workforce, Operations, and Customer Service Recovery” 

King County recently released its “Guidance for Workforce, Operations, and Customer Service Recovery” to provide the information and resources so employees can do their work more safely during our COVID-19 response. 

The guide covers topics such as wearing masks and social distancing at work, how the County is disinfecting workplaces and shared resources, what to do if you’ve been exposed to the virus or if you test positive, and what actions the County will take to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19.  

It also provides resources and information for employees who are teleworking, including working from home tips and ergonomics resources and assistance. 

“This guide will be updated as we continue to listen, learn, and adapt to ensure that staff, the public, and volunteers can conduct business more safely,” Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams said when announcing its release. “Additionally, to complement this guide, some operations will require more specific safety measures.” 

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to review the guide to learn more about what the County is doing and what you can do to help all of us do our work more safely during this pandemic. 

Video: July 10, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in King County with Dr. Jeff Duchin 

On July 10th, Dr. Jeff Duchin gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in King County and expressed urgency for our community to help prevent a further surge in cases. View the update below. 

“It is critical as a community we understand the long-term nature of this COVID-19 mess. None of us asked for this, none of us wanted this, but if we don’t deal with it, it will deal with us… We need long-term behavior change with respect to how close we get to one another, institutionalizing distancing, wearing of masks anytime we are in public and in close contact with one another (especially indoors), paying attention to ventilation and duration and frequency of contact, and good hand hygiene. 

We need to reconfigure our workplaces and other places we spend time to allow the space that is necessary to decrease the risk of transmission. 

For a healthy economy, we need a healthy community. Understanding how interconnected and interdependent we are and the steps we need to take for the long-haul are the most important things right now.”

jeff duchin

remote work

Welcome people of all abilities to your remote meetings and events! 

Are you hosting remote meetings? King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) would like to share some advice that will make your meetings more accessible. 

Not too long ago, a pandemic might mean intense social isolation for some. Today, technology lets us stay connected in real time, if not in person. 

Remote interactions are a lifeline in this challenging time. Telework, remote visits with family, virtual tours, and online community engagement connect us with others while protecting our health. Read more.  


PeopleSoft HCM outage this weekend, July 17-19 

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available this weekend, July 17 through July 19. During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply vendor updates and maintenance. 

This work will begin on Friday, July 17 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20.  

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available. 

We realize that this outage impacts all PeopleSoft users and we appreciate your understanding and support. 

ADA law

PBS NewsHour program “Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down,” July 21 

On Tuesday July 21, the George and Barbara Bush Foundation will convene key activists, advocates and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a bipartisan celebration of that landmark civil rights legislation – and, equally important, focus on the challenges that will shape the future of the disability movement. The 90-minute online program, titled “Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down,” taken from President Bush’s remarks on July 26, 1990 as he signed the ADA, starts on July 21 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be moderated by Judy Woodruff, the managing editor and anchor of PBS’ NewsHour. Register and view the program here. 

Pictured: President George Bush signs the ADA into law in 1990.


Brain-based Time Management online training, July 30 

Do you procrastinate, get distracted, have a hard time prioritizing, or feel overwhelmed? What we do and how we do it are driven by how our brains are wired. Neuroscience tells us we have 10 brain skills and each one of us has skills that are strong (and skills that are not strong).  

In this class, you’ll hear about each of these skills so you can identify where the weak areas are for you and most importantly, learn what you can do about it. Imagine finishing your workday with confidence that you remembered and handled everything you needed to! 

The webinar is $50 and space is limited. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Boost your Microsoft Teams skills: Take a free King County webinar, multiple dates 

KCIT Training is offering a series of free webinars all about Microsoft Teams. Select the free King County webinar that best fits your interests or skill level or attend them all. 

Webinars are available multiple dates from Wednesday, July 15 through Wednesday, Sept. 9. Register here. 

Courses include: 

  • Getting Started with Teams— gain confidence in navigation, search and managing your profile/settings. 
  • Teams for Intermediate Users  —featuring collaboration and co-authoring tools and managing member roles. 
  • Teams for Advanced Users  —add to your toolkit with the addition of tabs and file recovery. 
  • Collaboration Across Office 365 —includes OneNote and Outlook integration and sharing files/folders in OneDrive.  


Pet of the Week: Rocko 

Hi! My name is Rocko and I am available for adoption. My personality color is GREEN. I am an adaptable dog who loves to go with the flow! I am outgoing and carefree, and I just can't wait to find my forever home! I’m just a sweet old man looking to live the rest of my days with someone who will spoil me! lovvveee doggie treats! Please read the
shelter process to find out how to meet Rocko. 

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story. 

Featured Job: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor 

Salary: $88,937.06 - $112,732.88 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

Department: DHR - Human Resources 

Job Number: 2020EM11854 

Division: Benefits, Safety & Well-Being 

Closing: 7/26/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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