DCHS employees get preview of True North and Values 

Pictured: Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams discussing the Executive Branch True North statement.

Employees attending the Department of Community and Human Services’ quarterly All Staff meeting on Monday, April 15, got a sneak preview of the Executive Branch True North statement and values from Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams before they are officially launched later this year. 

Whitney talked about the interconnected nature and interdependence of our work, and the need to connect our work to a central vision, a True North, and the actions that will help us achieve the True North vision. 

Some of the things that we’ve been hearing back as a Senior Leadership Team through our engagement surveys and in our bargaining with our labor unions is that we need to start defining at the leadership level what we’re here to do… and why we’re here to do what we do,” Whitney said. “As an enterprise of 14,000 employees, what are we here to do, the why, and how do we go about doing it, how do we show up, this is our vision and mission, our True North.” 

King County Executive Dow Constantine will officially launch the True North and Values this summer, although County leaders are beginning to introduce them to employees prior to the mid-year launch.  

More than 200 DCHS employees attended the quarterly All Staff meeting in person in the Chinook Building or via Skype to get updates from Director Leo Flor and other leaders, hear the latest about the department’s Equity and Social Justice efforts, and to celebrate employees receiving service awards and the recent successful completion of a departmental reorganization.