Employee News - May 25

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



"Where Are You Really From?" Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination: A Legal and Historical Perspective

The Courts & Community Committee of the King County Superior Court is proud to present a discussion on Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination. All are invited to join our distinguished guests and moderator for this important event.


  • Justice Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Professor
  • Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice
  • Naomi Ishisaka, Assistant Managing Editor and Social Justice Columnist, Seattle Times
  • Mimi Jung, event moderator, KING 5 News Anchor and Reporter
Anti Asian Panel

Employee Engagement Survey 2021

2021 Employee Engagement Survey results

The results of the 2021 Employee Engagement Survey are now available. This year, more than 8,000 employees shared their experiences of working at King County.

Watch this short video to learn more about this year’s results and click here to review the countywide, department, and division results on SharePoint.

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Could you use a vacation?

Whether you take a flight to visit relatives, a road trip to a national monument, or just enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, there are many benefits to stepping away from your busy work routine.

Even if you don’t intend to travel this year, taking time away from work can be an important part of managing your overall well-being. 

Click here to read more about the benefits of using your vacation. 

Employee Spotlights

EMT Vaccine

During the pandemic, emergency medical workers step into new roles to keep us safe

Crossposted from Public Health Insider

For emergency medical workers, every day is an unusual day. The atypical is typical. 

They respond to fires, car crashes, street fights, overdoses, and a host of other unexpected events. What they had never done before was test for communicable diseases and deliver vaccine during a pandemic.  

Most firefighters, said Aaron Tyerman, deputy chief of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, had never delivered vaccines at all. Click here to find out more about how they took on this new role. 


Investing in You

Pay advice now easier to read

The Payroll team recently updated the pay advice so it’s easier to read and understand. Next payday, you’ll see that your pay statement (also called pay advice or pay stub) has a new format and updated descriptions that make it easier for you to confirm that you have received the appropriate compensation.

The new pay statement contains all the same information about earnings and deductions as before, plus, the following changes:

  • Earnings and deduction descriptions have fewer abbreviations.
  • Some of the boxes have been rearranged.
  • The “Other” category has been eliminated and replaced with descriptions of the payroll transactions.
  • When necessary, a second page will be added to include information relevant to the pay period.

The more detailed descriptions on the pay statement will clarify the type of pay, when the pay was earned, the taxable earnings, and the deductions.

How to read your pay advice.

For more information, go to the Payroll page and click on How to Read Your Pay Advice. If you have any questions, please contact your department payroll representative, who has detailed information about the new pay advice codes and changes.

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Seattle Times story highlights Clean Water Healthy Habitat strategy

The Seattle Times recently joined employees from the Department of Natural Resources and Parks to find out more about their work as part of the Clean Water Healthy Habitat strategy.

This work is designed to create passages to help boost salmon populations and water quality and conserve essential habitats.

Read the full story here.

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Meeting Anxiety with Mindfulness

Feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? You're not alone. Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to bring you Meeting Anxiety with Mindfulness online event this Thursday, May 27.

Take a break with this calming session. You'll learn simple, effective tools to manage stress at work and home. Zoom information will be emailed ahead of the session.


Mental Health Month week four: Taking Time for Yourself

For the final week of mental health month, we are focusing on the topic “Taking Time for Yourself.” When things get stressful or hectic, sometimes it can be difficult to take care of the basic needs for ourselves.

Read the Balanced You blog for a few small steps towards self-care that can make taking care of yourself a little easier.

Fresh Start webinar

Balanced You Webinar this Thursday: Taking Care of your mental health is self-care

In honor of Mental Health Month, Balanced You and Employee Assistance Program have partnered to present the “Taking Care of Your Mental Health is Self-Care” Webinar. 

Learn techniques and tips on how to protect your mental health and help family members and friends protect theirs. To join the conversation: 

  • Thursday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Enroll here 

Latin Covid

How the Latinx community built Con Confianza y En Comunidad

Crossposted from Public Health Insider

Something special has been quietly occurring for 52 consecutive weeks over Zoom since the pandemic started: Con Confianza y En Comunidad (“With trust and in community”).

Since May 2020, a group of Spanish-speaking community members, doctors, parents, promotores (community health workers), faith-based leaders, lawyers, and other leaders in Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities, along with Public Health—Seattle & King County staff, have been gathering every week without fail to share critical COVID-19 information and resources in Spanish.

This is part of the county’s Latinx Community Response Team, created to close the equity gap in Latinx communities during the COVID-19 response. Read the full story here

MS Teams logo

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 sessions, click here to select a session and register for the day and time that works for you. 

King County Security Tips - Wire Transfer Fraud

What would you do if you received an email from your CEO or CFO asking you to make an immediate or urgent wire transfer of funds? If you are the person in your organization who is responsible for such tasks and receive requests like this regularly, you may not think twice.

However, with the increased sophistication of hackers and cybercriminals, you must Stop, Look, and Think before deciding how to proceed. Business Email Compromise is an advanced form of spear-phishing which targets employees that routinely perform wire transfer payments or work with foreign companies or suppliers.

This form of cybercrime is steadily on the rise, and organizations are losing thousands, even millions of dollars instantly because of a spoofed or compromised email address. 

Click here to learn how to avoid this type of crime.

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Featured Job: Talent Specialist

Salary: $77,126.40 - $97,780.80 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DHR - Dept. of Human Resources

Job Number: 2021MS13230

Division: Human Resources Services Delivery

Closes: May 28

Reporting to the Talent Acquisition Manager, the individual selected will provide professional level recruiting services, consultation, guidance, analysis, and reporting on the processes and activities that support King County's equitable recruitment objectives. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

What you need to know about King County’s mask Directive for indoor spaces

Transit GO Ticket app now accepts cash

ORCA cards now free for youth riders

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