Did you know you had this benefit? Volunteer sick days  

King County will pay you to volunteer: Eligible employees may use up to three days of sick leave each year to volunteer at any local school or any nonprofit organization participating in the King County Employee Giving Program. Learn more here.

What is Lean? A quick refresher 

Lean is a way to solve problems. With Lean thinking, we can address issues like unmet customer demand, or unexpected ‘fires’ at work. Using Lean can also help us achieve our goals of delivering more value to our customers.  The foundation of Lean is continuous improvement and respect for people. These are mutually reinforcing: we develop continuous improvement by building a culture of respecting the people who do the work as the experts. A Lean organization develops and engages all employees as learners, as thinkers, and as the source of continuous improvement. Respect for people… Read More

Building a culture of performance excellence 

At King County we are building a workplace culture that embraces Lean thinking, data and measurement, teamwork and respect for people, service excellence, and continuous improvement.  Hear from Executive Constantine and five employees in this short video as they talk about their work and the way they approach it.

Training Spotlight: Strengthening Our Health and Resiliency: Towards Belonging and Co- Liberation and How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times

The King County Office of Equity and Social Justice is hosting two workshops that center on the lived experiences of native employees and employees of color.   Strengthening Our Health and Resiliency: Towards Belonging and Co- Liberation, Nov. 26-27: This training seeks to engage a smaller group of leadership of native employees and employees of color at King County. Using lived experience and frames based on belonging, co-liberation, and health, this session will support thinking through what ensuring transformative and racially equitabble programs and strategies could be. The two day session will be grounded in Embodying… Read More

Training Spotlight: Introduction to Career Development and Lean Basics

Introduction to Career Development, Dec. 10: In this workshop you will learn the key elements of career development, identify your individual interests and values as they relate to career options, explore similar job classifications, learn the importance of competencies when identifying career options, leverage tips for engaging in conversations with your leadership, and gain the knowledge of how to research and seize career opportunities. You will choose a partner and participate in various exercises together. Register and learn more.   Lean Basics, Jan. 8: Have you heard about Lean before? Have you wondered if Lean could… Read More

Training Spotlight: Report Writing and Document Design and Lominger Competency and Skill Assessment

Report Writing and Document Design, Nov. 14: Want to see immediate improvement in your report writing projects? Learn to write for specific audiences, design documents for readability and clarity, and write concisely using plain English guidelines. Discuss and share ideas in this interactive workshop and learn to produce reports, simple or complex, that grab attention and get results. Register and learn more. Register and learn more.  Lominger Competency and Skill Assessment, Dec. 12: During this class, you will have the opportunity to evaluate your professional skills and generate a list of self-identified competencies that reflect your… Read More

New department focused on helping employees succeed

A new standalone department focused on building a workplace culture where every employee has the tools, support, and opportunity to do their best work was created on October 3 when King County Executive Dow Constantine signed a Council-approved Ordinance to establish the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Executive Constantine proposed the new department in April to focus on serving, supporting and developing King County’s current and future employees so they can more effectively meet the changing needs of the people who live and work in King County. “As we embark on building this department… Read More

Training Spotlight: Basic Data Visualization and Critical Thinking

Basic Data Visualization, Nov. 8: Our ability to gather and collect data has steadily increased over the past decade. But data alone is not information and does not easily convey a compelling story. This half-day introductory course will allow participants to understand why data visualization is important, explore ways to tell a story with data and mock up data visualizations in whiteboard exercises, using tips explored in class. Register and learn more. Critical Thinking, Nov. 8: Critical thinking is one of the most valued skills in today’s workplace. Employers need employees who can analyze situations,… Read More

Training Spotlight: Building Change Management and Effectiveness and Basic Data Visualization

Building Change Management and Effectiveness, Nov. 5: In this 2-day program and learning lab for change agents and teams responsible for stewarding a change initiative or program for their department or division, we will focus on the tools and processes necessary to produce change acceptance and help the initiative make progress. Designed for teams and team leaders responsible for making a change be successful, we will work through the Change Acceptance Process Model (CAP) and each team will directly apply the tools to their change project, thus making actual team progress over the two days. Rather… Read More

Launch of Professional Development Scholarship Fund 

In support of Executive Constantine’s commitment to Investing in YOU, King County and the Coalition of Unions are pleased to launch the Professional Development Scholarship Fund Program. Scholarship funds will be awarded to eligible employees for training that occurs in 2019. The intent of the scholarship is to support employees in achieving their career goals at King County or enhance their work related skills. The maximum total amount an eligible employee can receive for the year in training funds is $2,500.  Applications are now being accepted for training that will begin anytime between January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019…. Read More