Attend an upcoming mindfulness class

Balanced You partners with Mindfulness Northwest to offer free mindfulness classes and workshops to King County employees. Register for an upcoming class below or view the full schedule here.

WeightWatchers February Heart Health Month

Join WeightWatchers through King County for as low as $9.75 per month on select plans — 50% off the retail price! Become a WeightWatchers member by Feb. 28 and get a free WW Bluetooth® body weight scale that auto-syncs your weight in the WW app. Learn more at WW.com/KingCounty. Then get your scale at WW.com/freescale.

Make tax season less taxing with My Secure Advantage

For many of us, filing your taxes can cause anxiety. Using your financial wellness benefit, My Secure Advantage (MSA), there are several ways to take the stress out of this tax season: Consult an MSA tax specialist – Have tax-related questions? Talk with an MSA Money Coach to get answers and talk through your options. Call 1-888-724-2326 to schedule an appointment. King County employees get 90 days of free money coaching every year. Assisted tax prep – Taxes can be confusing and time-consuming, so why not have a tax professional handle your tax prep for… Read More

Reminder: Leave donation programs revised

King County recently replaced the employee donated leave programs with two similar programs that better comply with IRS tax requirements: The Employee-to-Employee Medical Leave Donation Program allows you to donate your accrued leave directly to another employee. The Emergency Medical Leave Fund makes permanent the emergency leave fund started during the pandemic and allows you to donate accrued leave and request donations from a central fund. Read more.

Reminder: Leave donation programs revised

King County recently replaced the employee donated leave programs with two similar programs that better comply with IRS tax requirements: The Employee-to-Employee Medical Leave Donation Program allows you to donate your accrued leave directly to another employee. The Emergency Medical Leave Fund makes permanent the emergency leave fund started during the pandemic and allows you to donate accrued leave and request donations from a central fund. Donating leave Employee-to-Employee Medical Donated Leave Program: You can donate leave to another comprehensive leave-eligible employee as follows: Any amount of your accrued vacation time and… Read More

Employee Assistance Program

There are many mental health resources at your fingertips as a King County employee, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP is a confidential counseling service for work-related issues. EAP can help with: Workplace stress Counseling and coaching for work-related issues Conflict with coworkers Supervisor Support Call 206-263-8733 to make an appointment. For more information email HRDEAP@kingcounty.gov.

Professional Development Scholarship application period now open

The first application period for the Coalition Labor Agreement Professional Development Scholarship is now open. This first period will remain open Jan. 9 – Feb. 5, 2023, to pay for training that will begin anytime between Jan. 1 – June 30, 2023. To apply: Please familiarize yourself with the eligibility and application requirements by visiting the scholarship website. Click here to apply. Awardees for this first period will be notified via email between March 20 – 24, 2023. The second application period will open May 8 – June 4, 2023, and will… Read More

Compassion fatigue and burnout

These conditions can lead to long-term mental and physical health complications. Fortunately, steps can be taken to recover from compassion fatigue and burnout, and to develop resiliency to carry us through. Read more.

Having a primary care provider is good for your health

Research shows that people with a primary care provider (PCP) enjoy better health outcomes. Learn more about why a PCP is good for your health and how to find one for you and your benefits-covered family members.

Eligible PERS 2 members can switch to PERS 3 in January

Each January, certain members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 have the opportunity to make a permanent transfer to PERS Plan 3. You are eligible to transfer to Plan 3 if you are an active PERS Plan 2 member who began service before Sept. 1, 2002, and you will earn service credit in January. Use the resources on the DRS website to help you decide if transferring to Plan 3 is right for you. To transfer from Plan 2 to Plan 3, complete a Member Transfer form and return it by mail or email by… Read More