Employee News - March 23

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



Whitney Abrams

Keeping you informed on vaccination eligibility and scheduling

from Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer

Leaders in Public Health tell us that the next month or two will be especially important in determining the course of the coronavirus outbreak, with the threat from new variants increasing while we work to get more people protected through vaccination.

Click here to read more about vaccine eligibility and scheduling. 

WFH woman at laptop

Washington state in Phase 3, mandatory telework guidance remains in place

Washington state is now in Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery and more activities and gatherings with increased capacity are now permitted.

King County employees remain under mandatory telecommuting through July 5, 2021, for all Executive Branch employees who are currently telecommuting, except where there is an operational need to physically return to the workplace.

Click here for more information.

2021 Engagement Survey video

Employee Survey closes this Friday

Over half of all eligible employees have completed the 2021 Employee Engagement Survey and let County leaders know about their experiences at King County. 

As of Tuesday morning, March 23, over 52% of participating employees have completed the survey. You can see a complete breakdown of participation rates here.

The deadline to participate is Friday, March 26. If you haven’t completed the survey, look in your King County inbox for an email from KC Employee Survey (kcemployeesurvey@us.confirmit.com) with the subject line “Welcome to the King County 2021 Employee Survey.”

Read more here


Bettina Hager

The Long Road to Women's Equality: The unfinished business of the Equal Rights Amendment

Thirty-eight states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Last month the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove the time limit for Congress to ratify the ERA. The legislation is currently awaiting a vote in the U.S. Senate. Will 2021 be the year of the 28th?

You are invited to join Bettina Hager, the DC Director of the Fund for Women’s Equality, the educational sister organization of the ERA Coalition, as she discusses the Equal Rights Amendment – past, present, and future.

Presented by King County Superior Court’s 2021 Courts & Community Committee in Recognition of Women’s History Month

Pan African Fist

Join King County’s Black/African Affinity Group Leadership Council

King County’s Black/African Affinity Group Leadership Council seeks individuals who will advance the values and vision of the Black/African Affinity Group. If you are a change agent who is adaptive and community-oriented, this opportunity is for you.

The Black/African Affinity Group is increasing its capacity to serve and has several key leadership positions open for King County employees. This is a fantastic professional development opportunity to be on the frontlines of the County’s fight for racial and social justice.

Members of this leadership council will work with County leaders, employees, organizations, and community partners to help transform King County into an anti-racist and pro-equity organization while building community with its Black and African employees.

If you are interested, please apply here; all positions will remain open until filled.

African Am women

Are you at risk for diabetes? Omada can help

Balanced You and Omada® are joining the American Diabetes Association in recognizing Diabetes Alert Day — a movement that challenges everyone to take a quick survey to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Take a 60-second assessment that will help you determine if you’re at risk — and get you started on taking control to prevent diabetes.

If you are at risk, there’s good news. You can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes, like moving more and eating better. 

Even more good news: You don’t have to do it alone — Omada can help. Omada, available to you or a benefits-covered family member, is a personalized healthy living program that surrounds you with the tools and support you need to take small, day-to-day steps that lead to lifelong health. And it is all free as a King County employee or benefits-covered family member. For more information, click here

High School online class

Student Event: Careers in clean water

Green Jobs or STEM careers don't automatically bring to mind jobs involving wastewater. But wastewater jobs are all about keeping water resources clean now and in the future.

Each year, King County's utility’s education team introduces local youth and college students to careers that keep local waters clean. This year due to COVID-19, the programs may look a little different, but are well worth the time spent in front of a screen.

Three online career events in 2021 will introduce students to the variety of careers. In each event, students will participate in informational sessions with professionals from different occupations. The sessions will be interactive and include time for students to ask questions.  Examples of careers that will be represented include:  

  • Environmental & Civil Engineers 
  • Water Quality Scientist
  • Treatment Plant Operator
  • Community Relations Specialist 
  • Project Manager
  • Maintenance Mechanic

Click the links below to register. Each event will have different professionals attending so students can participate in multiple events. 

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
    • Thursday, Apr 1 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Register here - free

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:

  • Mentorship Lunch & Learn – Online – Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. This Lunch and Learn is free.
  • Meeting Anxiety with Mindfulness – Online – Feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? You're not alone. Take a break with this calming session. You'll learn simple, effective tools to manage stress at work and home. This class is free.

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

Tech Tip:

King County Security Tips - Keep Devices and Software Up to Date

You know that little pop-up prompting you to restart your computer for a software update? The one that only seems to come up when you’re in the middle of something important? As annoying as it may seem, this notification is actually a valuable asset to your cybersecurity. So, before you click the “Later” option, let’s take a closer look!

What is a software update? A software update is a new and improved version of a program, application, or operating system that you are already using. The update may include new features, bug fixes, or important security patches.

Why are updates important for cybersecurity? Do you ever wonder how secure the programs installed on your device are? Cybercriminals do. They look for cracks in the security of programs and use these vulnerabilities to gain access to your device. With this access, they could enable a keylogger to track what you type, steal confidential information, or even install ransomware to lock you out of your files and demand payment for access. Developers help prevent this by fixing vulnerabilities as soon as possible. These fixes are included in software updates. Meaning, the longer you wait to install the update, the longer your system is at risk.

How do I check for software updates? Any device that runs software, be it a computer, tablet, or even a smart tv, can release updates. Most software will prompt you when an update is available, but it’s good practice to check periodically. Here is a general guide to checking for updates on common platforms:  

Mac System Updates (for macOS Catalina)

  1. Open the Apple menu and select About this Mac.
  2. Click Software Updates....
  3. If any are available, you will have the option to install it.

Windows System Updates (for Windows 10)

  1. Open the start menu and select Settings.
  2. Select Update & SecuritySettings then select Windows Update.
  3. Click Check for Updates. If any are available, you will have the option to install it.

iOS Updates

  1. Open the Settings app and tap General.
  2. Tap Software Update.
  3. If any are available, you will have the option to install it.

Android Updates (for most devices running Android 10 or higher)

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the System
  2. Tap About Phone. (If this is not an option, skip to step 3.)
  3. Tap System Updates.
  4. Tap Check for Update. If any are available, you will have the option to install it.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please consult the user manual or online support for your specific device.

Featured Job

Operations Manager Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Salary: $50.47 - $63.98 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021ML13043

Division: Prevention

Closes: Continuous

Are you passionate about health and wellness? This role is on the forefront of chronic disease and injury prevention, providing guidance and support to our diverse communities. The Operations Manager works closely with the Leadership Team to provide strategic and operational oversight for the combined sections that consists of: Assessment, Policy Development, & Evaluation (APDE), the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention (CDIP), and Communities of Opportunity (COO).

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin on COVID-19 trends and vaccine distribution – March 19

Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) study identifies priorities for 2021

Building Capacity and Community Through Data & Stories by Best Starts for Kids

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