Employee news - June 3

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Updates to mask requirements for King County employees

Mask requirements are evolving with changing federal, state, and local public health guidance, and will continue to be updated as needed.

King County has issued new mask requirements for employees, which may apply whether you've been vaccinated or not. 

Click here to read the latest directive and review the updated Temporary COVID-19 Personnel Policy

Supporting survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a substantial rise in the incidence of domestic violence in King County. Social distancing and other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 over the last year have escalated the risk of violence through more time spent at home, increased levels of household stress, and compromised access to advocacy and direct support systems.

Advocates and direct service providers have worked to accommodate the needs of survivors during COVID-19. One particularly significant change was moving from an in-person-only protection order filing system to one that allowed survivors to seek legal help virtually. 

Click here to read more about how domestic violence advocates have dealt with the issue, and for a list of resources and ways you can support victims. 

Employee Spotlight

Metro GM Terry White on why he got vaccinated




PeopleSoft outage June 4-6

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available the weekend of June 4-6.

During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply vendor updates and maintenance.

This work will begin on Friday, June 4 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, June 7.

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available.

We realize that this outage impacts all PeopleSoft users and we appreciate your understanding and support.

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Balanced You Self-Care Webinar: Dealing with Pandemic Fatigue and Anxiety

Overwhelmed by changing public health guidelines? Tired of wearing masks as the weather gets warmer? Exhausted from Zoom meetings but nervous about returning to work? Or maybe you have been at work the entire time and are feeling burned out?

Balanced You presents a webinar on Dealing with Pandemic Fatigue and Anxiety. Hear from experts on how to manage your stress and how to mentally prepare for returning to the office or continuing on the front lines. During this webinar, you will also learn mindfulness techniques you can use for yourself and your loved ones.

Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth Celebrations for King County employees

There are several Juneteenth events scheduled this month celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States, including a joint Executive and Legislative Branches virtual event and an event titled “A Liberation Celebration with Tales from Our Griots”.

These presentations will provide insights, education, and personal experiences from a historical and current day perspective. All King County employees are invited to attend.

Click here for more information about these celebrations.

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New catalog of mental health benefits and resources for King County employees

While Mental Health Month may be over, King County’s care for your mental health continues. Your health and well-being are important to us and to the services you provide to our community.

Balanced You created a catalog of mental health resources for employees, including King County Mental Health Benefits, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources & Directories, and self-care and collective care tips. Download the catalog to refer to the resources when you may need them.

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Learn Now app coming to Teams

Good news! Effective Friday, June 4, the KCIT Training Hub, your one-stop shop for training on all things Microsoft, will be available as an app in Teams, called Learn Now! 

Access it by clicking the Learn Now icon in the toolbar on the left side of Teams. If you don’t see the icon, click the three dots beneath your icons and a window will open where you can select the app. 

The self-paced Learning tab in Learn Now gives you access to all the great KCIT Training Hub resources you’re familiar with. The Home tab gives you access to the same content, just with a different view. 

Please note that the option for one-on-one coaching is disabled at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Support Service at CSS.EU@kingcounty.gov.

Learn Now

Notice of King County Personnel Board General Elections

The Personnel Board conducts hearings on appeals of certain personnel actions. The Board consists of five members, one of whom is elected by King County career service employees. Ballots were mailed Thursday, June 3, for this year’s Personnel Board election to career service employees to the mailing address on file with King County in the PeopleSoft system.

Ballots can be returned by mail – no stamp needed – by 4:30 p.m. on June 22. Postmarks are not accepted for this election, the ballot must be received by Tuesday, June 22 to be counted. For this election only, you can also send your ballot through interoffice mail to Elections. Two drop boxes will also be open until 4:30 p.m. on June 22 – the box at King County Elections HQ (919 SW Grady Way, Renton) and at the downtown Administrative Building (500 4th Ave, Seattle).

There is one candidate running and you can find their statement and more information about the election here. If you have additional questions about the Personnel Board or the position, please contact the Personnel Board at personnel.board@kingcounty.gov.

Security Tips: Lock Your Screen

Locking your screen when you get up from your desk is a security action that is often overlooked and not doing so can have dangerous consequences. Failing to lock your screen can open you up to several vulnerabilities -- some more serious than others.

Although many organizations have a policy which automatically locks your screen with a screen saver after a certain amount of inactivity, not all screen savers are password-protected, leaving your workstation defenseless.

Locking your workstation before you get up from your desk is simple and can prevent you from ending up in a bad situation. Click here for more information and tips on how to lock your screen. 

Training Spotlight

  • Mindful Parents – Online – Meet the joys and challenges of parenting with mindful and heartful awareness. In this workshop, we'll bring the lens of mindfulness to bear on what some say is the "world's hardest job." You'll come away with tools and practices to use with your family. This class is free and takes place:
  • Staying Steady – Online – When leaders prioritize supporting their and their team’s wellbeing, they add to the creation of a values-based culture where team members have a sense of stability, feel respected and can work more effectively. This training is free and will be offered

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 June 16 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Register here


Pet of the Week: Luna

Hi! My name is Luna and I am a beautiful six-year-old, completely white cat! I enjoy lounging around and would love a warm, sunny window sill. Once I am comfortable around you, I love getting gentle pets. I have a calming energy that makes people feel more peaceful just by watching me. I enjoy using my hunting instincts on long rope toys that I can snatch up!

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: Medical Assistant - Downtown Primary Care

Salary:$47,985.60 - $60,840.00 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021AC13226

Division: Community Health Services

Are you team oriented? Providing health care is your passion? As a Medical Assistant, you can change the lives of many by assisting PCP's with patient care, coordinating clinic flow, and performing diagnostic screenings and procedures.

Learn about this job or view all other available positions.

King County Headlines

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