Employee News - Feb. 11

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Black History Month Event with Senator T'wina Nobles and Rep. Jesse Johnson

Join the King County Superior Court for a Zoom event with Washington state Senator T’wina Nobles and Representative Jesse Johnson for a discussion about African American Political Power.  

Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 12:15 p.m.

Meeting ID: 914 5812 8659   Passcode: 829028

Also, check out the Superior Court e-Newsletter, featuring notable Black politicians and a special segment where we interview members of your King County family, Darlin Johnson and Ron Dorsey!

BHM Celebration 2021

Black History Month Celebration

The King County Legislative branch and the Black & African American Affinity Group are hosting a Black History Month celebration. Guest speakers will be Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and Delbert Richardson, founder of the American History Traveling Museum, "The Unspoken Truths". All are invited to watch on King County TV:

Thursday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

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King County to observe Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 15 

Most King County offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15. Due to the nature of our work, some services will continue as normal while others will operate on a reduced schedule.  

If you have any questions about your schedule for Feb. 15, please talk to your supervisor. Services will return to normal on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Click here for more information.

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Be prepared for cold temperatures, snow, and ice

Snow is forecast for our region this week with extremely cold temperatures and icy road conditions expected, so please be prepared for possible commute delays and impacts to business operations.

If you work onsite, please be prepared for cold weather. Have a plan for your commute. For more information and resources, click here


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What to do if you are victim of unemployment fraud

Last year, many employees were victims of unemployment fraud, which has resulted in some employees receiving 1099-G forms showing reported income from Washington State Employment Security Department.

If you are a victim of identity fraud, please make sure you follow these steps:

  • If you have received a 1099-G from the State of Washington and already reported the fraud, please follow the instructions provided at ESDWAGOV - Tax info for fraud victims
  • If you are just learning that you may have been a victim of unemployment fraud because you received a 1099-G, please click here and follow the steps. 


Resources for caregivers during COVID-19 

While caregiving can be joyful and rewarding, it can also be overwhelming or stressful for even the most resilient people. The pandemic, which has increased social isolation and decreased or changed availability of social services, has made the role of caregiving even more challenging.

Balanced You reminds caregivers we are here for you with for tips and resources to help you attend to your own emotional well-being and support your caregiving efforts. Read more on the Balanced You blog.

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Making Life Easier presents free resiliency webinar

Making Life Easier, in partnership with Balanced You, presents Tapping Into the Power of Purpose in Difficult Times free webinar designed to enhance resiliency.

When stress and responsibility are high, it can be easy for a sense of purpose to fade into the background. With some intention, difficult times can actually serve to strengthen, clarify, or shape your sense of purpose. Your connection with purpose can be a vital source that sustains and guides us through challenging circumstances. In this webinar, you’ll explore how to:

  • Identify what is most meaningful in your life
  • Clarify your sense of purpose
  • Develop practices that foster connection between purpose and our daily lives
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 12-1 p.m. 
  • Register here

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Winter mask-wearing safety tips

Wearing a mask is an important safety step in preventing the transmission of COVID-19, so make sure you are wearing your mask correctly. 

  • Change your mask when it becomes wet. A wet mask is harder to breathe through, is less efficient at filtering, and vents more around the edges of the mask.
  • Keep a spare mask to replace one that becomes wet from the moisture in your breath, snow, or rain.

Training Spotlight

  • Leadership Mindset – Online – Leadership Mindset for King County supervisors and managers sets a foundation that leading a team starts with understanding yourself and your responsibility to create a team culture of belonging where all employees can thrive. In this interactive webinar, participants will take part in engaging activities, small group discussions, and action planning. This training is free and will be offered on multiple dates with the first session taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 12-4 p.m. Register Here
  • Brain-based Time Management – Online – 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! This class is $50 with multiple offerings. The next session takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 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

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Tech Tip: MS Teams training sessions

Microsoft has been leading Teams training sessions for King County employees, and attendees have had great things to say about the sessions. 

Good news! These live training sessions will continue for King County users on many critical features of Teams for the next several months. Here are the upcoming sessions. Feel free to drop into any of the following Teams Live Events: 

There’s no need to register ahead of time. Simply create a reminder on your calendar and paste the appropriate link into it. 

Be on the lookout for more sessions soon, including another Teams 200 class. 

Ahsoka Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

My name is Ahsoka!  I'm a a 4-yar old female German Shepherd, about 60 lbs. (ID #A623403). My previous owner described me as shy, anxious, loving, and protective. I am a very smart dog! I know all the basics: "sit", "stay", "come", "down" and "shake". I am a spirited dog with a fun-loving personality. I am still working on my manners, so I would do best with a family who is willing to work with me and help me become the best dog I can be.

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet.  Note that RASKC has moved to adoptions by appointment only.  If you have more questions, you can contact RASKC via phone at 206-296-7387 (PETS) or email pets@kingcounty.gov.

Featured Job

Administrative Specialist II

Salary: $47,985.60 - $60,840.00Location: Seattle, WA

Department: DAJD-Adult & Juvenile Detention

Job Number: 2020CT12603

Division: Community Corrections

Closing: Monday, Feb. 22

The Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) is accepting applications to fill two (2) Administrative Specialist II positions. These positions are responsible for providing administrative support to the Electronic Home Detention programs.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

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