Employee News - Feb. 25

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King County Employee News



Still Together EE Giving Program

Employee Giving Program raises almost $2.4M in 2020

King County employees set a new record for dollars raised and number of participants in the 2020 Employee Giving Program Annual Giving Drive, pledging almost $2.4M to nonprofit organizations. Read the story here.

2021 Engagement Survey

2021 Engagement Survey starts March 8

King County’s Employee Engagement Survey is back in 2021, and there are a few changes that we want you to be aware of. The most important elements of the survey, however, will not change: the confidentiality and anonymity of participants, and our commitment to act on what employees tell us. Click here to find out what's new this year. 


IRS Tax Form

IRS 2020 Tax Tips*

The pandemic has created a variety of tax law changes and created some unique circumstances for this filing season. To avoid issues, the IRS urges taxpayers to take some simple steps to help ensure they get their refund as quickly as possible. During this tax season, Employee News will provide information and resources for your convenience. 

Use e-file for faster IRS refunds - Taxpayers can file electronically by using a tax professional, IRS Free File or other commercial tax preparation software. The IRS cautioned paper-filed tax returns and paper checks will take even longer this year due to a variety of reasons. The deadline this year is Thursday, April 15, 2021.

*King County does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This reference material has been prepared for informational purposes only. Any taxpayer should seek advice from their own independent tax, legal or accounting adviser based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances.

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Race workshop on March 1

The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for belonging and connection and to create a space for biracial and multiracial King County employees to share their experience. Our intended audience is King County Employees that identify as mixed raced/biracial.

Discussions will be in a panel format and include breakout sessions where attendees can express their own experiences in greater detail. Hosted by Shawn Abernethy (Elections), Jennifer Greenlee (Dept. of Human Resources), and Art Hendricks (Office of Equity & Social Justice).

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How to find a mental health care provider

With the ongoing stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, mental health care has become a priority for many people’s well-being. As a King County Employee, you have access to comprehensive health care coverage, including mental health care.

Balanced You recognizes it can be overwhelming to keep track of all the benefits available to you and aims to equip you with information to know and use your benefits. A common theme among many employees is the struggle to find the right mental health care provider.

Whether your insurance provider is Kaiser or Regence, there are robust tools at your fingertips to connect you with a mental health care provider. Read this blog post to learn more.

Training Spotlight

  • Race: The Power of an Illusion – Online – This training will use the three-part video series "Race: The Power of an Illusion" to explore the construct of race, how it has been used to channel benefits to those viewed as white, and why racial inequities persist. This event is free:
  • Communication and Problem Solving Skills w/Lenny Borer – Online – Join instructor Lenny Borer for this two-day training. He will address communication and problem-solving skills with the public and with co-workers. This class covers skills for effective listening, speaking, dealing with conflicts, and with defensive behavior.

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

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. 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
  • Wednesday, March 3 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. - Please note the time change from previous announcements
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Register here

Tech Tip: Data center outages Saturday, Feb. 27

KCIT is replacing hardware in our data center on Saturday, Feb. 27, which will cause a number of application outages during the day. We will attempt to minimize disruptions to our 24/7 applications by moving them to safe locations, but we can not guarantee all 24/7 applications will remain online as we replace hardware.  

KCIT will start the work at 8 a.m., with a critical period beginning at 10 a.m. We expect services to be restored by 4 p.m. Our timeline is an estimate, however, so our schedule isn’t 100 percent certain.  

Other things to know:  

  • KCIT will send out a countywide email when work begins, and a second email when the work concludes.  
  • Please do not contact KCIT about any application issues between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 since we’ll already be working to restore service as soon as possible.  
  • Customer Success Managers will work to keep everyone updated on the project and to help minimize its impacts.  

Thank you for your patience as KCIT works tp improve technology for King County! 

Phone Service Alert: Brief outage for external calls Feb. 28  

On Sunday, Feb28 at 10 a.m., we will have a brief outage on Skype and Teams telephone callsThe outage is for critical work that is part of King County’s move from Skype to Teams 

  • Calls to or from external parties will not go through during this time 
  • Current calls to or from external parties may be dropped.  
  • Calls between King County employees will not be affected. 
  • 911 calls will not be affected.  
  • Emails will not be affected.  
  • Employees will be able to contact the Helpdesk using Skype or Teams during this time. 
  • Service will be restored within 30 minutes. We will add a banner to the Customer Support Services homepage when service is fully restored.  

POTW Harriet

Pet of the Week: Harriet

Look out world, because here I come--my name is Harriet, and I'm one wonderful dog! I weigh about 50 lbs. I am a sweet, happy girl who is filled with affection, and I am full of energy and love to play! I do best when I have lots of exercise and something to keep my mind and mouth busy. 

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.

Vaccination Test Site

Vaccination Site Managers

Salary: $104,977.60 - $133,078.40 Annually

Location: Multiple locations in King County, WA

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

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021SC12927

Closing: March 4

Five positions available. Responsible for overall site operations of a high volume vaccination site during a designated shift.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

First case of B.1.351 variant identified in Washington State

King County Councilmembers' Town Hall on Wednesday, March 3

Best Starts for Kids: Stories of Resiliency & Strength from Communities of Color

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