Employee news - Aug. 10

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King County Employee News



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King County to require all employees be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently announced that following the actions of many other public and private employers, King County will now require all employees to be fully vaccinated, effective Oct. 18, 2021. 

To meet this requirement, employees must have received their second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or first shot of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by Oct. 4, 2021, and provide verified proof of vaccination. The directive applies to employees in the Executive branch (employees who report to the Assessor, Elections Director, the Sheriff, and me, the County Executive).

Read the full announcement here

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Actions we're taking for safer workplaces

King County is working to enhance safety for employees and has launched several new and expanded initiatives to make workplaces, building, and structures safer.

These changes include an enhanced security presence, a security escort program, and more. Click here to read about the steps being taken for your security.


Future of Work: Workstations, IT, and Office Use

A newly created intranet site, The Future of Work, is King County’s employee resource website for all information and tools to help employees return to work.

The section, Workstations, IT, and Office Use, provides employees who are working on-site with guidance on hybrid working models, shared work spaces, office necessities, file management, and more.

Click here to learn more. 

Assisting people living in City Hall Park move to safer shelter options

King County employees may see activity in and around City Hall Park this week as a County and City-funded contractor called the JustCARE program will be in the park assisting people living there to move voluntarily to safer and more sustainable shelter options.

This follows several weeks of successful individualized outreach with the persons living in the park and a partnership with the City of Seattle identifying safer shelter options.

Click here to read more about this effort.

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Delta explained: What you should know, and do, about the new variant

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

The Delta variant is the latest example of how adaptable viruses can be. It’s a faster, more efficient version of the original virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the same virus, only better at infecting people.

Delta is far more contagious than its predecessors. It is spreading twice as quickly as the original strain, and people who are infected with it carry around much more virus in their nose and throat. 

Click here to learn more about what you should know and do about the new variant. 

Employee Spotlights

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Judge Judith Ramseyer receives Innovating Justice Award

The Washington State Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) recently presented the Innovating Justice Award to King County Superior Court Judge Judith Ramseyer for leadership in shepherding new programs that work on access and equity problems in the courts such as those involving eviction cases, court filings by prisoners, examining racial justice issues, and more.

The Innovating Justice Awards were established in late 2020 by the BJA to recognize leadership during the COVID crisis that promotes judicial branch innovation as well as responsiveness to racial equity and access to justice issues.

Read the full announcement here


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Take care working outdoors during hot weather

Hot weather with temperatures into the high 90s is forecast this week and it’s important to take steps to stay cool while continuing to follow mask requirements and public health guidance.

Some of our work needs to be performed outdoors. Executive Branch departments should evaluate planned field work to determine if this work can be postponed to a later time when temperatures moderate, where possible. If work must be performed, departments should attempt to adapt schedules wherever possible so work can be performed in the morning.

Click here for more tips and information. 

Now Recruiting 2021 Employee Giving Program Ambassadors


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Even in the midst of a global pandemic, staggering uncertainty, and 6 feet apart, we came together (virtually) and raised a record-breaking $2.39M for 945 nonprofits and our community in 2020!

Thank you to the Employee Giving Program Ambassadors who made that happen. This year is just as important as we move from response to recovery.

You can help keep up the momentum by volunteering as an Ambassador for this year’s Annual Giving Drive. As an Ambassador, you will be the heart and soul of our Employee Giving Program team. You will be the key to making sure that every King County employee has the chance to connect to a cause they are passionate about through the program.

Learn more and join today.

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How to get your vaccination status verified

King County will require all employees to be fully vaccinated, effective Oct. 18, 2021, and you have a couple of options for providing proof of vaccination for verification.

Click here for your options on how to verify your vaccination status. 

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New Via service for Renton Highlands and more

Increased mobility options arrive in Rainier Beach, Skyway, and beyond with expanded Via to Transit.

King County Metro has expanded their Via to Transit pilot to provide better connections to frequent transit service and improved mobility for people who live, work, and go to school in the Renton Highlands, Rainier Beach, Skyway, and beyond.

Find out more by clicking here

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Balanced You Coffee Connections: Summer Vacation

Fall is fast approaching and Balanced You wants to know what you did for your summer! Many of us had a few fun getaways this summer and many are scrambling to figure out that last minute vacation spot before the end of summer.

Join us for the next Balanced You Coffee Connections; the theme will be "Your summer vacation/End of summer plans." Bring pictures and fun items you collected while on your recent vacation or share where you are planning to go with colleagues during this 30-minute fun conversation.

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Transition Debriefing Groups offered to support COVID-19 responders

Many King County employees who are COVID-19 responders have experienced or are currently experiencing transitions out of their response role.

To support King County employees in transition, Balanced You is partnering with the Employee Assistance Program to provide Transition Debriefing Groups for employees who are currently or previously involved in the COVID-19 response.

In these groups, you will connect with others to share experiences, strategies, and resources for moving through response transitions in a way that honors your emotional well-being. 

  • Friday, Aug.13 from 12 to 1 p.m.
  • View login details here

Casual Conversations: Classification and Compensation Services

The Administrative Professionals Program invites administrative professionals to learn more about County resources. Casual Conversations is a series of presentations by subject matter experts on various topics. 

For this next event, meet personnel from King County Classification and Compensations Services and learn about the work they do. 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Register here

Tech Tip: Getting started in Teams Mobile

Working remotely doesn’t always mean working from home. Learn how you can use Teams on your mobile device with a live info session from KCIT’s training partner, Vitalyst. The next session is 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Register here

There are many other free, live training sessions tailored for King County users on many critical features of Teams:

  • Teams for Intermediate Users 
  • Teams for Advanced Users 
  • Collaboration Across Microsoft 365 
  • Troubleshooting Teams 
  • Communicating in Teams 

Click here to learn more and register for a session that works for you.

Featured Job

Carpenter I

Salary: $29.95 - $37.97 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DES - Executive Services

Job Number: 2021BM13994

Closes: Aug. 16

Interested in taking your carpentry craft and skills to the public sector? Our building Operations Section is looking for you! We’ll provide the tools, if you can bring two years of journey level carpentry experience or completion of a carpentry apprenticeship.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

King County Headlines

Three recent COVID-19 outbreaks – and what the data says about how to prevent a larger surge in cases

Dr. Jeff Duchin’s COVID-19 press briefing – August 5, 2021

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