REVISED: Employee News - March 4

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King County Employee News



The 2021 Employee Survey is coming

On Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9, most employees will receive an email in their King County inbox from KC Employee Survey ( with the subject line “Welcome to the King County 2021 Employee Survey” inviting them to have their say in this year’s Employee Engagement Survey.

Learn more here.

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Updates on COVID-19 vaccines

Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, provides some thoughts on this past year for King County employees and updates on where we are with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Read more here (this link has been corrected). 


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Balanced You Self-Care Series: Financial Wellness

Did you know that 41% of Americans can’t put their hands on $1,000 in an emergency situation? We are living in uncertain times and it is important to ensure your family’s financial wellness.

This event will provide an opportunity for King County employees to hear tips and resources from a My Secure Advantage (MSA) financial expert on how to secure your financial future. We hope you will join us for this important discussion!

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Mental Health First Aid@Work

Like CPR and physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid@Work trainings teach participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

During this course, you will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how they may emerge in the workplace, and how to listen without judgment. You'll also hear how to give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to connect someone to appropriate support.

This free training offers concrete tools and answers to key questions like, “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

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Share Your Story and Become a Balanced You Health Hero!

During this past year, many of us have found unconventional ways to keep normalcy in our lives. Some have started cooking more, walking to get fresh air, taking online exercise classes, or even creative ideas like turning a backyard into a movie theater.

We want to hear the unique things you have done to get through quarantine! Whether you went grocery shopping for your elderly neighbor or utilized one of our Balanced You programs to stay on track with finances or self-care, share your story with us to be featured as a Health Hero. You can also suggest a fellow co-worker you know to be a Health Hero.

To volunteer your story or to nominate a colleague, email Take a look at the Balanced You Blog to see fellow employees who were featured Health Heroes in the past.

Training Spotlight

  • 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. This class is $50.00 with multiple sessions available. The next session takes place
  • Hour of Mindfulness for KC Employee COVID-19 Responders – Online – In this one hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. The workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right. This class free and takes place
    • Monday, March 15, from 9:30am to 10:30am.
    • Register here for free
    • Password: ERkingcounty

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 or visit Learning and Development at

Tech Tip: MS Teams Training

Good news! Microsoft continues to lead Teams training sessions for King County employeesand they have added a new class: Teams 200! 

These live training sessions will continue for King County users on many critical features of Teams through April. Here are the next two weeks. 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. 

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Pet of the Week: Marlee

Hi, I'm Marlee, a female 11-year-old gray and white domestic short hair cat (A041924)! I've been described as shy and would likely blossom faster in a calm household with no other animals. I am not your typical lap cat, sometimes I like to hide but usually I like to sit right next to my human on the couch! If you give me neck scratches I will give you purrs.

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at 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

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Featured Job: Fiscal Specialist III

Salary: $54,038.40 - $68,494.40 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021DB12928

Division: Prevention

Closing: March 10

Position provides fiscal and administrative support to the Ending the HIV Epidemic staff in the Dept. of Public Health. Responsibilities will be to track and pay invoices, run reports, administer budgets, complete grant billings, etc.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

King County Metro restores bus trips, revises schedules for semiannual service change March 20

King County Parks seeks public input ahead of Dockton Park play area work; Dockton Forest trails virtual meeting March 9

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