It’s in the mail: Look for Open Enrollment information

Check your home mailbox for important benefits and Open Enrollment information mailed recently to the address you have listed in PeopleSoft. Open Enrollment takes place Nov. 1 – 15 and is your opportunity to: Enroll in a Flexible Spending Account—Health Care and Dependent Day Care FSAs reduce your taxable income—saving you money. You must re-enroll every year during Open Enrollment. The Health Care FSA maximum contribution for 2020 is $2,700. Select the appropriate Benefit Access Fee—or exemption. If you cover a spouse or domestic partner on your medical plan, a Benefit Access… Read More

Training Spotlight: Facilitating Effective Meetings

Facilitating Effective Meetings, Nov. 14:  A common challenge faced by individuals in business is how to lead and facilitating meetings that are interesting and solicit active engagement. This one day training covers the skills used by a facilitator to design and run an effective meeting. How to be a better participant is also discussed. Topics include specific facilitation skills, group decision making skills, and how to deal with disruptive behaviors.  View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

King County 2019 flu shot schedule, week of Oct. 9 

Check out the King County 2019 Flu Shot Schedule and mark your calendars for the location most convenient for you. These are open to all employees, unless noted otherwise. If you miss the opportunity to get a flu shot at work, here are some tips for getting your flu shot through your health plan. Contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov for more information. Some things to remember: Clinics are open to all employees, except when noted otherwise. Benefits-covered spouses and family members (age 11 and above) are welcome to attend most clinics, but please confirm these details with your site contact(s) beforehand…. Read More

King County EAP has new location and contact information 

The King County Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential resource that provides all county employees, regardless of job title or classification, with counseling and coaching around work related concerns and problems. This includes assistance with workplace stress, coaching and consulting, conflict with co-workers, supervisor support, and other issues.  EAP has recently moved to a new location and updated the program contact information. To make an appointment and access services, please call the number or email below.  The EAP is located in the Central Building at 810 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104,… Read More

Use Employee ID/ORCA to ride Monorail beginning Oct. 7

Starting on Monday, Oct. 7, the Seattle Monorail will accept ORCA cards! To board the Monorail, present your ID/ORCA to the cashier to pay your fare.  King County employees can hop on the Monorail with no additional out-of-pocket cost.  Seattle Center Monorail provides a fast, direct connection between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center traveling 25 feet above street traffic. Open daily, the train departs every 10 minutes. Visit the Seattle Center Monorail website for more information.

Training Spotlight: Supervision and Leadership Skills – Series 

Supervision and Leadership Skills – Series, beginning Oct. 4: Develop your leadership, communication, motivation, and problem-solving skills with this workshop based series. Take all six classes in the series to enhance your professional toolbox with skills to be used in a variety of workplace situations. Register and learn more here.   View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

King County 2019 flu shot schedule, week of  Oct. 2 

Check out the King County 2019 Flu Shot Schedule and mark your calendars for the location most convenient for you. These are open to all employees, unless noted otherwise.  If you miss the opportunity to get a flu shot at work, here are some tips for getting your flu shot through your health plan. Contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov for more information.    Some things to remember: Clinics are open to all employees, except when noted otherwise. Benefits-covered spouses and family members (age 11 and above) are welcome to attend most clinics, but please confirm these details with your site contact(s) beforehand…. Read More

Mental Health, Recovery, and Suicide Prevention panel resonates with employees 

More than 50 employees gathered on Sept. 25 in the Administration Building Training Room for a powerful panel conversation about workplace mental health, held in recognition of September National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.   Panelists included Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer; Heather Steffensen with the Employee Assistance Program; Brandon Banks with Metro Transit Department; Skyler Bridges with the Department of Assessments; and Suzette Dickerson, Council 2 business representative. Sarah Wilhelm from Public Health-Seattle & King County moderated the panel for a standing-room only audience and Skype participants.   Recognizing that employees spend so… Read More

Celebrating Disability Awareness Month in King County

Dear fellow King County employee, Each October, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month in King County and recognize the many contributions that people with disabilities make to our community. Disability Awareness Month also reminds us that we must continue to break down barriers so that people with disabilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives, and talents. That is what is at the heart of our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. Each day we inch closer to this goal by doing what we can to break… Read More

Training Spotlight: Mental Health First Aid at Work

Mental Health First Aid at Work: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Workplace is a skills based and experiential training program. MHFA At Work teaches employees how to become aware of and support an individual who may be experiencing a mental health/substance use issue or crisis and help access appropriate resources. Register and learn more here.  View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning.