Employee News - August 13, 2020

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



Learn about the proposed 2021-2022 budget

Dwight Dively, Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, has recorded a short video about the proposed 2021-2022 budget.

In the video, he discusses the uncertainties we’re facing as we plan for the next two years, the budget shortfalls in several funds, and the County’s commitment to investing in anti-racist policies.

“My team in the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget is currently reviewing budget proposals and developing recommendations for the County Executive,” Dwight said. “There are still many unknowns and a lot of work to do between now and late September, when the Executive will submit his proposed budget to the County Council.”

You can watch the video below.


New homepage launched

We're excited to announce that KCIT has launched a new homepage for the King County website: kingcounty.gov.

This is the first step in creating a new website for the County. We’ve used these goals in developing the website:

  1. Delivering a site aimed squarely at customers. Organized by common tasks instead of departments, using terms and phrases that make sense to the people we serve.
  2. Making equity and social justice a priority. Providing the most needed customer content in top six languages spoken here. (Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Ukranian, Chinese – Simplified, Chinese – Traditional)
  3. Eliminating stale, unused, and repetitive content. Simplifying things for visitors, to clarify King County values and to reduce the costs of maintaining content.

This is only the beginning! We’ll continue to develop the new website, partnering with agencies across King County on this work.

Right now, we’re working on an agency engagement schedule for 2021. If you represent an agency and would like to get involved, contact project manager Taifa Harris and our team at WebsiteFeedback@kingcounty.gov. Click here for more information about our web redesign (SharePoint link).


New name for DHR division 

As the Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations Section of the Department of Executive Services (DES) gets set to join the Department of Human Resources (DHR) in 2021, DHR’s existing Employee Health and Safety Division (EHSD) will be renamed Central Employee Services Division (CESD), effective Jan. 1, 2021. 

This change will more accurately reflect the full suite of services that the expanded division will provide beginning next year. 

Employees in BPROS and EHSD took part in a survey to name the division. While Employee Services Division (ESD) received the highest number of votes (34%), some expressed concern that it could be confused with Employment Security Department (ESD). In addition, Transit has an Employee Services Division, which could lead to more confusion. DES Director Caroline Whalen and DHR Director Jay Osborne agreed, and approved CESD, which had the second highest votes at 31%. In fact, the top three names where all minor deviations of each other and showed 85% agreement, a great sign of aligned thinking. 

Ride Away Your Stress, Safely and Affordably!

Crossposted from the Public Health Insider

By Emily Devora HopsUW MPH StudentViolence and Injury Prevention Unit

When you are stressed out, what do you do to relax? Did you know that physical activity reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones?  In fact, exercise releases brain chemicals that improves mood. During times of high stress, riding a bicycle is a great way to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Biking can help you get to where you need to go and be a rejuvenating social activity to do with family, friends or alone.

Within King County, not everyone has the same access to safe places to ride, life-saving bicycle helmets, or at times even a bike itself. Here are some resources and information to help everyone in King County have a safe and stress-free bike ride this summer. Read more.




King County Mentoring Program Lunch and Learn – online, August 28 

Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. If the thought excites you, join King County’s Mentoring Program by signing up for one of our monthly live Zoom sessions online to uncover more about mentoring and search for a Mentor. 

For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCMentoring@kingcounty.gov or visit www.kingcounty.gov/mentoring. 


WW now offering live, interactive Virtual Workshops

WW now offers live, interactive Virtual Workshops, led by a WW coach that will support you on your wellness journey. During Virtual Workshops, you’ll be connected with other WW members based on your hobbies and lifestyle. There are also groups for your favorite activity, age, location, and more.

Sign up for WW at www.WW.com/wellness and enter King County Access ID: 33139. All King County employees and benefits-covered spouses or state-registered domestic partners are eligible for WW discounted rates and a 50% subsidy. For more information, contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov.

Training Spotlight: Brain-based Time Management online training, August 20 

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. 

Featured Job: Patient Services Representative - North Public Health Dental 

Salary: $47,985.60 - $60,840.00 Annually 

Location: North Seattle Dental Clinic - 12359 Lake City Way NE, WA 

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

Department: Public Health

Job Number: 2020DB11935

Division: Community Health Service

Closing: 8/20/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

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