Thank you to you, our readers

Our top stories, videos, and social media posts for 2018

Throughout 2018, the Employee Communications Team highlighted the professional accomplishments, County opportunities and important events, challenges and successes of our employees, sharing these in our weekly Employee News e-newsletter, the KC Employee News blog, our Twitter account, LinkedIn account, and YouTube channel.

Thank you to all our readers for engaging with our content, sharing it with others, and continuing to show us how we can provide you the information you need to succeed in your career, live a healthy life, and do great work for our residents and our community.

The 10 most-clicked Employee News stories for 2018 were:

10. Accomplished artist brings “East Base Flair” to transit center – 532 views

9. King County remembers Sue Ammeter – 537 views

8. New department focused on helping employees succeed – 649 views

7. Employee proud to have positive impact, helping local youth succeed – 655 views

6. GPS locators coming to fleet vehicles – 729 views

5. New Departments and Leadership Transitions – 816 views

4. The bare bones: How WA State’s only forensic anthropologist does it all – 890 views

3. Employee workgroup takes on equity challenges – 920 views

2. Michael Bennett – Real man, real mentor, real inspiration – 1,005 views

1. State retirement plan contributions increased Sept. 1 – 1,167 views

The three most-watched videos were:

3. Get to know the Senior Leadership Team – Whitney Abrams – 1,547 views

2. Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct Policy – 1,847 views

1. Introducing King County Balanced YOU – 2,343 views

The three most-clicked LinkedIn posts were:

3. When thinking about Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), most people immediately think about age, ethnicity, and gender. Fewer people look deeper and realize that job classification can also be an ESJ issue. Shawn Abernethy, Human Resources Manager for the Department of Executive Services (DES) has been leading a group focused on just that: equity within workgroups.

2. With Executive Dow Constantine’s encouragement, Director Jennifer Hills has been working to change the way King County approaches risk. Rather than focusing on avoiding negative risk, Executive Constantine wants the County to use a balanced approach and take risk where it can add value.

1. One of the most satisfying things that a well-made map can do is convey a sense of place. An especially well-made map may convey a sense of a past place that both infuses and transcends a present location. Read more about the Japanese-American Remembrance Trail Map from Patrick Jankanish, GIS Specialist and Sr. Cartographer with King County Information Technology

The three most-interacted with Twitter posts were:

3. RJT is one of our #KingCounty @iheartkcparks team members, and also represented Team Washington on the soccer field @2018USAGames! Here he is in our Employee Spotlight. @KCDNRP @KingCountyWA @CareersKC #GoPublic! View it here.

2. KOMO News did a recent feature on how how King County prevents voter fraud while counting ballots: “Vote by mail is a secure voting system,” King County Elections Director Julie Wise said. Read more #KingCounty #Vote View it here.

1. #Inclusion works! Our Supported Employment Program Manager Christina Davidson (center right) and two #KingCounty pros from @iheartkcparks and @kcmetrobus join @2018USAGames Job Fair host David Egan during the games in Seattle. #GoPublic @CareersKC @KingCountyWA @kcexec View it here.

Thank you for the amazing work you do every day and for giving us the opportunity to feature these achievements with other employees and the public. We strive to tell stories that highlight the work we do and that also supports our residents, builds strong communities, and helps to make our region a great place to live and work.

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