Employee News - November 5, 2020

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Executive Constantine statement on approval of Harborview bond measure 

King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement late Tuesday evening on the $1.74 billion Harborview Medical Center bond measure after King County Elections posted that it was passing by 77 percent of the vote in early returns.  

"While there are still many votes to be counted, I thank the voters of King County for their support for Harborview Medical Center. These investments will ensure that our region continues to be the best place in the country to receive emergency medical care, and needed seismic upgrades will protect the lives of patients, employees, and visitors to Harborview. Besides helping people with behavioral health needs and better preparing the region to fight pandemics, the measure creates thousands of family-wage construction jobs at a time when our region needs them the most. 

"Every generation has stepped up to support Harborview Medical Center. I am proud that this generation is no different." 

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Election 2020: Seattle voters support funding for transit 

While some ballots are still arriving and being counted, so far an overwhelming majority of voters in the City of Seattle have approved Proposition 1: “Funding for Transit and Related Transportation Needs.” This proposition would replace a funding source that expires at the end of this year. 

Revenues from the new measure would fund transit services benefiting Seattle residents through the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. Proposition 1 was placed on the ballot when Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed Council Bill 119833 on July 31. The proposition increases the current 0.1% sales tax to 0.15%, which is anticipated to generate roughly $39 million annually over the next six years to fund transit service, capital projects, and transit access programs. Read more.  

Employee Spotlights


Road Services welcomes new director Tricia Davis 

Local Services proudly welcomes Tricia Davis as the new director of its Road Services Division. 

Tricia comes to us as a 13-year employee at King County, most recently as deputy director for Metro’s Rail Division and, prior to that, as a budget supervisor in King County’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB). 

Before joining the county, Tricia worked as a research analyst for the Center on Reinventing Public Education. She also worked for Capital One Financial Services as a senior operations analyst. Read more.  


Welcome to Open Enrollment 

Open Enrollment started Sunday. Take a fresh look at your benefits.  

Make the most of your robust King County employee benefits package by making informed decisions for next year during Open Enrollment, Nov. 1 – 15. 

Learn more 

Use the following resources to learn more, and ensure you are selecting the right benefit options for you and your family: 


ICYMI: Tips and resources for coping with election stress 

Crossposted from Balanced You

Tuesday, Nov. 3, was Election Day and many Americans are waiting anxiously for the results. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), more than two-thirds of U.S. adults say the 2020 U.S. presidential election is a significant source of stress in their life. And those feelings are being experienced throughout the King County workforce, as well. A recent survey of employees involved in the COVID-19 response showed that the presidential election is their primary source of stress. 

Election stress will show up in different ways for different people. Some examples include panic attacks, trouble sleeping, difficultly concentrating, anger, sadness, headaches, or stomachaches. Election stress may also cause us to participate in behaviors such as over-eating, mindless internet scrolling, significantly increasing news consumption, or watching more TV than normal in order to “numb out” from difficult feelings. Read more.  

Annual Giving Drive offers virtual “office hours” 

This year, the Annual Giving Drive is offering virtual information sessions to make it easier for you to participate in the 2020 campaign. 

The Annual Giving Drive’s Campaign Assistants are hosting Zoom “office hours” where you can ask questions, get help setting up pledges, discuss giving options, and more. 

The virtual office hours are available: 

For more information, contact your Employee Giving Program Ambassador, visit www.kingcounty.gov/giving, email EmployeeGiving@KingCounty.gov or call 206-263-9405. 


Just over two weeks left in Annual Giving Drive 

The 2020 Annual Giving Drive is about to enter its last two weeks, and you can help us reach this year’s goal of raising $2 million by making a pledge. 

There are hundreds of nonprofits participating in this year’s Annual Giving Drive, and many ways that you can take action to support participating nonprofits who are doing great work in our community and around the world. Make a donation, make a difference, and help make a long-lasting change.    

If you haven’t yet decided where you’d like your charitable dollars to go, here is a sampling of participating nonprofits to give you some ideas: 

  • Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) (9794) For over 100 years, our community has trusted MOHAI to collect and share our community's diverse stories of strength, innovation, and resilience. 
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (2712) Our pioneering cancer research has dramatically increased survival rates, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Help us find the next big breakthrough - be a lifesaver. 
  • King County Library System Foundation (9160) Promotes literacy, learning and libraries by providing support beyond public funding enabling KCLS to provide equal access to ideas and information to all members of the community. 
  • Emergency Feeding Program Seattle King Co. (9625) Provide nutritionally balanced emergency food packs to King County residents struggling with hunger. Accommodate special dietary needs. 


Upcoming live and on-demand webinars through Making Life Easier 

King County’s Making Life Easier (MLE) program is offering several upcoming live and on-demand webinars. Register early for the live session as space is limitedotherwise, recording of the session will be available on-demand 48 hours after it has ended. 

  • Supporting Yourself This Season: The Winter Blues & Seasonal Affective Disorder - Live, Wednesday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Register here.
  • Deepening Your Resilience: Tools For Persisting In These Times - Now available on-demand. Register here. 
  • Moving Forward From Here: Navigating Uncertain Times - Available on-demand the first week of Dec. Registration information coming soon. Please check the website for updates. 

To learn more about these webinars and to access others, visit 
www.KCMakingLifeEasier.com, login with username: King County, and click on the Current Featured Webinars banner on the home page. 

For more information about the Making Life Easier program, visit www.kingcounty.gov/MLE. 

Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques, November 18  

This two-hour virtual workshop will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. Learning objectives include: 

  • How to prepare for a virtual job interview 
  • The interview structure and types of questions you will be asked 
  • The STAR-LA method and how to use it to provide organized and complete responses 
  • General tips and strategies 

This workshop will take place Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – Noon. Register here. 

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS 

Training Spotlight for November 5 

  • Mindful Eating – Online – In this 2-session workshop, we’ll explore mindfulness and how its application to eating helps us become wiser and more joyful in our approach to eating. This training is free and takes place on Tuesday Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, both days from 1-3 p.m. Register here. 
  • Mindful Morning for King County Employees – Online – A silent morning of continuous practice. During this half-day retreat, we will be guided in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle mindful movement, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation. Restful and restorative. Treat yourself! Join us on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here.    

Please visit our King County Eventbrite page website for more opportunities. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Tech Tip: An important note about Microsoft Skype and Teams instant messages/chat 

Employees may recall that the guidance for using Skype instant messages (IMs) has been “do not conduct work via IM.” IMs should only be used for transitory communications
because once the IM window is closed, the message is gone. Yes, that has meant the instant messages were totally gone, leaving no record.

The same guidance is mostly in place with IMs in Teams, only they’re called "Chats" now.
Chats, though, work a little differently in Teams. Microsoft technical requirements prevent Chats from instantly disappearing when the Chat window is closed, so they will be held in the system for 24 hours, at which point they will be deleted. The Skype to Teams transition project is still working on this “holding period” for Chats, and it may be subject to change in the future. More information is to come on this.

When employees move to Teams for calls, meetings and IMs/chats (this year for most employees, the rest in 2021), continue to use Chats only for transitory communication, such as “Ready for that coffee now?” or “Hey, are you going to join our meeting?” 

Posts in Teams Channels, on the other hand, are retained and are a great place to communicate important information. Learn about posts and other great Teams collaboration features here. 

Employees should keep in mind that since Teams posts are retained, and Teams Chats are 
automatically held for 24 hours, they are both subject to public disclosure and a hold may be placed on these communications, so please continue to communicate in a professional manner.

Featured Job: Communications Specialist III 

Salary: $78,992.16 - $100,127.46 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

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

Department: DPH - Public Health 

Job Number: 2020EY12395 

Closing: 11/17/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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