Employee News - Feb. 2, 2021

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King County Employee News



King County employees receive Patriot Awards

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Patriot Award recipients (l-r) Teia Tuifua, Capt. Michael Allen and Sgt. Diane Richardson

Three King County supervisors were recently recognized for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Teia Tuifua from Facilities Management Division of the Department of Executive Services, and Capt. Michael Allen and Sgt. Diane Richardson of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention were honored for their dedication to our King County employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Read more

Employee Spotlights

Judge Masaniai

Fa’amomoi Masaniai to become first court judge of Samoan heritage in Washington state

Originally posted in a District Court News Release of Jan. 27, 2021

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the people of King County as a district court judge,” says Judge Masaniai. “In the Samoan community, love, respect and honor are important values, which I am committed to bring to all people who come into my courtroom.”

Read more.


Pet Meet & Greet

Coffee Connections: Pet Meet & Greet II

As part of the Hope and Joy Campaign, the Balanced You team is hosting a series of informal, virtual Zoom sessions, called “Coffee Connections” to provide a space for employees to connect over fun topics and events.

Back by popular demand is “Coffee Connections: Pet Meet and Greet II.” It will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 10-10:30 a.m. Whether you attended the first one or are stopping in for the first time, join us to introduce your pet to other employees and meet their furry friends!

Walk in the Rain

Join the Balanced You 30 Day Self-Care Challenge

Looking for some fun new well-being challenges to get the year started right? Balanced You can help with the kick off of our 30-Day Self-Care Challenge! For the next four weeks, we will share tips and ideas in Employee News to ensure you find different ways to take care of yourself.

Week One Challenge:

  • Have you been working in the same spot while telecommuting? Make a change! Try moving your desk to a place in your house that supports your back and has daylight coming in. Add a plant or some fresh flowers.
  • Don’t let the rain prevent you from getting some fresh air. Grab an umbrella and take a quick walk! Consider a walking meeting if possible.

And don’t forget to sign up for our Balanced You Self-Care Webinar:

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Tax Documentation for Workplace Giving Donations

If you donated through the King County Employee Giving Program, here’s the scoop on just how easy it is to retrieve this documentation for tax purposes.

Click here for information. 

CARES Act changes for 2020 charitable tax deductible contributions

One of the changes to the tax law for 2020 under the CARES Act is that if you do not itemize, you may still be able to deduct $300 in charitable contributions. This is different than previous years and effectively increases the number of people who can take a deduction. Read more.

Elder Covid vaccine

Two COVID-19 vaccination sites open for vulnerable older adults and their caretakers in south King County

King County has opened two COVID-19 community vaccination sites, at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent and at the General Services Administration (GSA) Complex in Auburn. These south King County sites will serve those who are at highest risk from COVID-19 and face barriers to accessing vaccine through traditional healthcare systems.

Read more on Public Health Insider

Career Support Services

  • Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques – This two-hour VIRTUAL workshop will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview process. 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
    •  Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    • Register Here.
  • STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback This one-hour VIRTUAL, small group workshop is designed to provide mock interview practice and feedback using the STAR-LA method as taught by King County Career Support Services. This workshop is ideal for participants who have attended the Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques workshop or have watched the 10-minute STAR-LA method video found on the Career Support Services website
    • Thursday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10-11 a.m. 
    • Register Here. 

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS along with links to career related tips and resources, visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS

Training Spotlight

  • Time Management – Online Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 1-4.30 p.m.
    • Avoid burnout in a world that is connected 24/7. This workshop will help you commit to making changes to better manage your time. Learn useful techniques for setting and achieving goals, as well how to organize your workspace for peak efficiency. 
    • $89 fee
    • Register Here
  • Communication Skills in the Workplace – Online Friday, Feb. 5 from 9-11 a.m.
    • Communication skills are vital in today’s workplace. In this course you will identify the four primary communication styles, learn how to recognize your style as well as the styles of others, and how to overcome common communication roadblocks and barriers. 
    • $89 fee
    • Register Here

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

Public records request submitted to Department of Retirement Systems

The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will be releasing information, per the state’s public records act, about all members of the state’s retirement systems, including all retirees and inactive members, for the period July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

The DRS notice includes a list of the information items will be released to the requesting organization, The Seattle Times, on March 19, 2021.

If you are the subject of this public records request, no action is required of you. If you have any questions, contact DRS at 844-704-6780 or drs.pdrnotice@drs.wa.gov.

Featured Job

Volunteer Site Manager

Salary: $33.73 - $42.75 Hourly

Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

Department: DCHS - Community and Human Services

Job Number: 2021SE12778

Closing: Feb. 11 at 11:59 PM Pacific

Community and Human Services is seeking two Volunteer Site Managers. The Volunteer Site Manager will coordinate and organize volunteers at one or more vaccination sites in King County. This position is open to all qualified candidates who meet the minimum qualifications.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Recent updates  on COVID-19 trends and vaccine rollout from Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health Seattle-King County

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