Employee News - Dec. 2

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PeopleSoft HCM outage Dec. 3

To allow for system maintenance, PeopleSoft will not be available the weekend of Dec. 3 through Dec. 5. During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will prepare for fluid timesheets and apply vendor updates and maintenance.

This work will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6. 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. Your understanding and support are appreciated. 

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New fluid timesheets coming Dec. 6

If you use the PeopleSoft timesheet and want to get a sneak peek of what the new fluid timesheet looks like and how to use it ahead of the launch on Monday, Dec. 6, check out these videos:

Additional training materials such as quick reference guides, job aids, and more will be available for employees, timekeepers, and manager time approvers in the PeopleSoft Knowledge Center under the “What’s New” section.

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window that begins Friday Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. 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.

Employee Spotlights

Jeff Wilson

Program Manager brings international experience in environmental infrastructure

by Department of Local Services

Jeff Wilson has helped address complicated infrastructure problems across the globe – Italy, Kazakhstan, even the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill.

But the puzzle he’ll work to solve for King County Local Services sits here in his backyard.

The Program Manager and Fall City resident’s main goal is to help deliver a shared septic system to the unincorporated area near Snoqualmie, which business owners have requested for decades and say could unlock the potential of the area’s aging commercial buildings.

Click here to read the full story. 

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Meet a member of the new King County Parks Beautification Crew

The new King County Parks Beautification Crews are now restoring and enhancing regional parks and trails while connecting crew members who are experiencing homelessness to jobs and housing support.

One crew member, Fredrick Reed, shares his personal story in a video profile. Check out the video and read the full story here


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Spend your FSA money

Do you have money left in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? Check the balance of your Health Care or Day Care FSA by going to Navia Benefits and signing in to your account. Expenses incurred by Dec. 31, 2021, must be submitted for reimbursement by March 31, 2022.

Click here to learn more. 

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Self-compassion and compassion for others

As we enter into the last month of 2021, and the days are getting shorter, Balanced You wants to send a reminder to find ways to seek out joy. In November, Balanced You hosted a webinar on Self-compassion and compassion for others. We talked about how taking care of ourselves is interconnected with being able to show up for others. 

How do you take care of yourself? What are your self care moments? Watch the recording for inspiration on building compassion for yourself and others.


Join the Walking Bus pilot program

King County recently launched the “Walking Bus” pilot program where county employees can join their colleagues and a Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Escort each evening walking to the King Street Station and the Coleman Dock from the downtown campus.

In this initial pilot phase, two dedicated security escorts will depart daily, Monday through Friday, from the King County Courthouse: one to the King Street Station and one to the Colman Dock ferry terminal. Click here to for more information. 


Share your Stories of Hope

Every year the King County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day committee chooses a theme that guides the tone of the event. This year, the theme focuses on stories of hope and these words from author and activist James Baldwin:

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

To help celebrate, the committee would like to hear from King County employees and asks that you share with us your stories of hope, strength, resilience, compassion, and determination in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to read more and get information on how to submit your stories.

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New Teams upgrades include pre-set breakout rooms and live captions for 27 spoken languages

This month Microsoft Teams introduced several nifty new features! Here’s what our KCIT experts are excited about:

  • Breakout rooms can now be set up before your Teams meeting. This is a huge improvement – previously breakout rooms could only be set up after your meeting started. Now you can prepare for your meetings by configuring the breakout room settings, options, and participants in advance. Additionally, Whiteboards can be created inside of each breakout room. To learn more, watch the recorded demo session: Breakout Rooms.
  • Teams has expanded live captions to 27 spoken languages (including Spanish, French, German, Hindi and Japanese). Turn on the live captions feature to read what people say, and who said it. Use the guide: Set Live Captions for Spoken Language in a Teams Meeting or view the tutorial in the KCIT Training HUB.

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 class is $50 and the next session takes place:

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

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Employee discounts for winter events at Seattle Symphony and UW basketball

King County employees can now take advantage of two current discounts:

University of Washington basketball: Employees can buy discounted tickets for four upcoming University of Washington basketball games this season: Saturday, Dec. 5, Saturday, Jan. 15, Saturday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 26. Click here to access the discounted tickets. For more information contact Kailan Claiborne at 206-543-1097 or email kclaiborne@pac-12sales.com

Seattle Symphony: Employees can buy discounted tickets for multiple upcoming Seattle Symphony performances: Ravel Piano Concerto in G on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 4, Holidays Pops on Friday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, and Viennese New Year on Thursday, Dec. 30, Friday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 2. Use promo code HOLIDAY22 to receive 20% off ticket prices and waived handling fees. To order tickets visit www.seattlesymphony.org and enter the promo code, order by phone at 206-215-4747 or 1-866-833-4747 and give the operator the promo code, or purchase tickets in person at the Benaroya Hall Box Office.  

See all available discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.

POTW Marmalade

Pet of the Week: Marmalade 

Hello, my name is Marmalade and I am available for adoption! I am a sassy lady who is looking for a home where I can have my own space to come around. I am an independent kitty who likes to look out windows and ponder reflectively on our collective existence. If you are looking for a mature orange beauty who doesn't require tons of emotional maintenance, I may just be the one for you!

You can find out more about me and my other friends 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: Administrative Coordinator

Salary:$24.87 - $31.66 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: DHR - Dept. of Human Resources

Job Number: 2021JM14577

Division: HR Director's Office

Closes: Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time

This role provides support as a member of the HR administrative support team to the Director's Office and Workforce Equity Team with varying administrative needs, ensuring timely processing of workflows.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

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