Employee News - July 15

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King County Employee News



Return to Work

Future of Work intranet site offers resources and tools to support you

With the end of mandatory telework for Executive Branch employees on July 5, King County departments have begun to implement their Future of Work plans for how they will operate and serve customers in a post-pandemic environment.

For some employees, this means moving to a new location or a new model for delivering services. Some will accomplish their work primarily in person, others primarily remotely, or they make work a hybrid of both.

To help you during this transition, King County has built a centralized Future of Work intranet site (employee access only) to provide resources, tools, news, and answers to your questions. Click here for more information. 

Michael Halady

Duwamish artist selected to create airport art

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express

Michael Halady, a fifth-generation descendant of Chief Seattle, has been selected to design an art installation that will stand outside the King County International Airport terminal building.

“It’s an honor to carve a pole that has significant meaning to the tribe, and you’re aware of that as you’re carving,” Halady said, “It means something. It’s historic, to know where you come from.”

Read the full announcement here

Veteran Housing Project

King County launches first in the nation pilot program to house homeless Veterans

The Collaborative Case Management (CCM) Pilot Program, the first of its kind in the nation, blends federal Veteran housing vouchers with King County Veterans Program supportive services to make stable housing possible for more than 140 local Veterans.

Read the full announcement here.

Employee Spotlights

Metro Bart Hedlund

Meet Bart Hedlund, Metro’s 2021 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year!

Operating our nationally recognized transit system relies on thousands of people. King County Metro is proud to announce one standout employee who ensures you get where you need to go comfortably and safely.

At a recent surprise ceremony at Metro’s North Base in Shoreline, Metro recognized Bart Hedlund as our 2021 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year! Read the full announcement here


MS Edge

Standardized Internet Browsers Offer Better Security, Better Work Experience

KCIT is on a mission to optimize your online work experience and protect King County systems from cyberattacks. To better achieve this goal, King County is standardizing internet browsers.

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are currently the default browsers for most employees. All other internet browsers will soon be removed from King County workstations. If you are using any other internet browser, such as Firefox, and need to retain access for valid business reasons, please complete an Exception Request Form signed by your supervisor and attach it to a KCIT Helpdesk ticket prior to July 31. Separately Elected agency employees should contact your internal helpdesk with exception requests.  

If you don’t need an exception, you can just sit back and relax; KCIT will remove the software remotely without any action needed on your part.

For more information about the new Microsoft Edge browser, here are some helpful tips:

Minority Mental Health Awareness webinar

This dynamic discussion includes King County employees and community members who will give some background around mental health for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community, and provide information on resources available for you and your loved ones. 

BIPOC Mental health Webinar

Meet the panel:

  • Stacey McQuade-Eger, JD/CMP, Director, King County Career & Culture Division & On Loan to Office of Equity and Social Justice
  • Keith Clarke, Equity & Social Justice Educator in Learning and Development, King County Career & Culture Division
  • Makinie Fortino, LMFT & Behavioral Health and Academic Counselor at Renton Technical College
  • Moderator: Karla Clark, Employee Health Specialist, King County Balanced You Team, King County Career & Culture Division

All King County employees are invited to attend:

Koa leadership training

KCIT Partners with Koa Club, Brings Leadership Training to King County Women

Seattle-based Koa Club. Recently, more than 70 King and Snohomish County employees participated in the second-annual Mentorship Huddle challenge. The competition showcased participants’ leadership skills and knowledge gained through the Koa Club’s FollowMyLead training program for women in government.

Read more here.

Af Am young woman

Mental Health Accommodations for King County Employees

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

King County is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all its employees and applicants for employment to ensure that individuals with disabilities, including mental health conditions, enjoy equal access to all employment opportunities. 

Read more about accommodations for mental health available to King County employees.

Training Spotlight:

  • 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 taking place:
  • 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. Imagine finishing your workday with confidence that you remembered and handled everything you needed to! This training is $50.
    • Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Register here - fee $50

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

Security Tips - What’s the Deal with Data Breaches?

Data breaches are becoming more and more common these days. You hear about them in the news all the time. So you might be wondering: what exactly is a data breach? How do I protect my information? What do I do if my information was already exposed in a breach?

Don't panic! For the answer to these questions and more, click here

POTW Bella

Pet of the Week: Bella

My name is Bella!  I'm a 3-1/2 year old female Pit Bull, weighing in at a healthy 63 lbs. I'm described as high energy, sweet, and a cuddler.

At the shelter I tend to be quite rambunctious and I just want to run zoomies in the yard all day! I tend to calm down more when the people around me stay calm. I do best when I have lots of exercise and something to keep my mind busy.

My caregivers have observed that I might not get along with other dogs. I may do best as the only dog in my new home, or need to meet other dogs in the home first.

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: Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) Chief Medical Officer

Salary: $219,017.97 - $277,618.22 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021AC13790

Division: Behavioral Health and Recovery

Closes: July 29

Public Health is seeking an innovative Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer who is empowered by strategic goals that grow/optimize community health access. Assist in the County goal to provide full behavioral and physical health integration and lead the change!

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

King County vaccination pop-ups schedule: Rainier Beach Community Center, Enumclaw Expo Center, Hing Hay Park, and more

Redmond hotel is latest King County Health Through Housing purchase

COVID-19 Q&A on pregnancy, fertility, and breast/chest-feeding by Best Starts for Kids 

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