Employee News - May 6

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King County Employee News



Still Together EE Giving Program

Deadline for nonprofit enrollment in the Employee Giving Program is May 11

Each year, King County employees support nonprofits through the Annual Giving Drive, volunteering and more.

Employees are encouraged to invite their favorite nonprofit to enroll to be included in this year’s program. Enrollment for nonprofits to participate is now underway through May 11.

Click here to invite your favorite nonprofit to participate and read more about the program.

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Accommodations for mental health

As we recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important to remember King County’s commitment to supporting employees with mental health conditions in the workplace.

Fostering a work culture that promotes self-care and focuses on mental health as an important part of overall health and well-being is critical to building inclusion and providing support to employees.

Read more here about how King County is providing accommodations for those working through mental health issues. 

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King County remains in Phase 3: What that means for our community and our way forward

Reposted from Public Health Insider

Governor Jay Inslee recently announced that King County will remain in Phase 3 of Washington state’s Roadmap to Recovery for the next two weeksIn Phase 3, indoor spaces such as restaurants, gyms and museums will be able to continue to operate with up to 50% of capacity.  

In King County, cases remain high, and cases and hospitalizations have been on the increase since mid-March. But after several weeks of cases rising, in the past week cases have remained stable, showing signs that the recent increase may be starting to level off. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Employee Spotlights

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Talent Acquisition steps up to the challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many challenges at King County departments as they work to protect employees and customers from the virus while ensuring their services remain easily accessible.

Continuing to recruit talented staff to fill the wide array of positions at the County, while maintaining social distancing is one of those challenges.

When mandatory telework was announced last March, it was all hands-on deck for recruiters in the various departments across King County to manage a major shift in bringing on new talent.

Read the full story how Talent Acquisition managed this challenge. 


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Executive Constantine signs order to strengthen pro-equity contracting

An order by King County Executive Dow Constantine will transform the county's existing contracting program to make it easier for minority- and women-owned businesses to compete for county contracts.

Read the full announcement here and link to the Facebook recorded stream of the announcement and signing ceremony here.

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Day Care FSA limits increased; enrollment and changes allowed in May

With the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), you are now able to make up to $10,500 in pre-tax contributions into your 2021 Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

In addition, during May 2021, new enrollments in the Day Care FSA are allowed without a qualifying life event. Find out more details here

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Give a shout out to an Administrative Professional

Have a hard working administrative professional that you’d like to recognize?

Show your appreciation for all they do to keep things moving - give them a shout out here.

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Application deadline for the Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy is May 21

The Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy (NWWLA) is a program that helps women in local government advance into leadership roles.

Academy members benefit from trainings that build confidence and ability, a statewide network of local government leaders, and resources to support career growth. Applications for the upcoming 2021-22 class are open now until Friday, May 21.

To learn more about the program, visit the official NWWLA webpage. If you’re interested in applying and would like one-on-one coaching on how to apply, reach out to:

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Watch your inbox for well-being resources every Wednesday

You may have noticed a new newsletter hit your inbox from Balanced You, called Wellness Wednesday. Wellness Wednesday is a weekly bulletin with tips, resources and events to support your overall well-being and provide guidance on how to use your King County benefits to their fullest potential.

If you haven’t seen the newsletter, make sure to check your ‘Other’ inbox for an email from Balanced You. From there, you can right click on the email and choose ‘Always Move to Focused.’ Email BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov with any questions.

Training Spotlight

  • Facilitating Effective Meetings – Online – A common challenge faced by individuals in business is how to lead and facilitate meetings that are interesting and solicit active engagement. Join Lenny Borer in this two-day training covers the skills used by a facilitator to design and run an effective meeting. How to be a better participant is also discussed. Topics include specific facilitation skills, group decision making skills, and how to deal with disruptive behaviors. This class does not cover use Zoom or other electronic meeting platforms and lightly touches on certain aspects of video calls. In this class you will learn how to navigate difficult behaviors and keep meetings on track.
    • Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 from 1-4:30 p.m. - Both days
    • Register here - fee is $65
  • Leader Mindset – Online – Leader 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 next session on:

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: Training on Teams coming up! 

Now that so many King County employees have moved to Teams, we know there are lots of questions on how to best use this great resource. 

Good news! Our training partner, Vitalyst, offers free, live training sessions tailored for King County users on many critical features of Teams. Check out these options: 

  • Teams for Intermediate Users 
  • Teams for Advanced Users 
  • Collaboration Across Microsoft 365 
  • Troubleshooting Teams 
  • Getting Started with Teams Mobile 
  • Communicating in Teams 

To attend any of these sessionsclick here to select a session and register for the day and time that works for you. 

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Pet of the Week: Rollie

Hi, my name is Rollie!  I'm a 16-year-old female cat, black and white, domestic shorthair. I'm a mature lady looking a forever home to spend my golden years. Despite my age, I'm still spry and full of opinions!  I'm an affectionate lovebug who loves getting attention on my own terms.  I'm a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality!  

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.

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Featured Job: Senior IT Systems Specialist

Salary: $84,816.99 - $107,510.21 Annually 

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

Department: KCE - King County Elections

Job Number: 2021RL13378

Division: Technical Services

Closes: May 12

Are you a technical hybrid of multiple crafts? Support the Dept of Elections through data/business analysis and applications development. You can be at the core of continuous improvement efforts as the hybrid candidate with MS Enterprise Suite in your toolbox.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Update on Safety, Security, and Fare Enforcement (SaFE) Reform Initiative

Starting a decade of improvements at West Point Treatment Plant

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