The Worksite Fund supports mental health at work 

Crossposted from Balanced You  While May was Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to keep the conversation going all year long. The Balanced You Worksite Fund is one way to do just that! This mini-grant program provides funding up to $5,000, per awarded project, to improve health and well-being at your worksite. This is one way to address mental health for you and your colleagues. Applications for the 2019 Worksite Fund must be received by July 3 at 5 p.m.  If you’re working on supporting mental health in your workplace, check out two projects below that were awarded… Read More

Rev Up For Retirement offered downtown Seattle June 12 

Are you too young to think about retirement? Think again! With increasing concern over the future of Social Security and the stability of retirement plans, it’s a good idea to stay informed and prepare in advance.  Please bring your lunch and join your King County Retirement team for a three-hour seminar featuring guest speakers from Social Security and Jean Cormier, an expert in Medicare choices and options. You’ll also learn about the resources available to you through King County.  Space is available and registration is required. Please note: Attendance is strictly voluntary, on… Read More

Apply now! 2019 Balanced You Worksite Fund 

Crossposted from Balanced You  How do you want to be healthy and well at work? Apply now for a Balanced You Worksite Fund grant to help you and your coworkers bring your own innovative ideas and solutions to life.  When you apply through the Balanced You Worksite Fund, you have an opportunity to create positive change for you and your coworkers. The Worksite Fund is a competitive grant process that will award approximately 20-30 projects across County agencies to improve health, well-being, and safety in our worksites. Grants up to $5,000 will support a variety of… Read More

Ready, set, get to know the CSA@Work Program 

Crossposted from Balanced You  CSA@Work sign-ups are currently open through early June! Learn more about the program here, check out a few frequently asked questions (FAQ) below or reach out to Balanced You for more support.  What is a CSA? CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are a great way to support local farmers and keep our region thriving while enjoying fresh seasonal produce delivered right at/near work. Individuals can subscribe or sign up to receive boxes of fresh goods directly from farmers who offer a “share” in their harvest. Typically, the share consists of a weekly… Read More

Transforming how the region funds employment and job training to connect more people to high-demand careers 

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan are transforming how the region funds employment and job training, uniting the efforts of local governments, businesses, labor and philanthropies to connect more people to high-demand jobs.  Here are highlights of the transformation:  Prioritize employment and training for those who face the most barriers to opportunity.  Improve coordination between employers, labor, and educators to make sure job seekers are prepared for the best career opportunities available right now.  Better align local, federal, and philanthropic funding to maximize the impact and produce… Read More

Supported Employment in Transit: Brandon Sims 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. Department of Metro Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance Division partnered with Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, to hire through the Program to meet their business needs at the Non-Revenue Base detailing vehicles.  Big thank you to Transit leadership for their commitment in building an inclusive workforce!   Brandon Sims started working with the Transit in July of 2018 to provide support around the shop as well as detail non-revenue vehicles, all none bus… Read More

Training Spotlight: Mental Health Accommodations and Excel 1: Getting Proficient

Mental Health Accommodations, May 29: The Disability Services Section within the Employee Health & Safety Division of DHR is hosting an interactive training on mental health accommodations. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This session will last 1.5 hours, including time for a Q&A. This training is designed for HR professionals. Register and learn more. Excel 1: Getting Proficient, June 8: Learn to work with Quick Access Toolbar, customize your Ribbon, and work with Dialog box launcher. Expand your knowledge on Relative and Absolute References, Sort and Filters, plus controlling page Headers and… Read More

2019 Employee Survey results now available 

As King County Executive Dow Constantine said in his latest employee message, the results of the 2019 Employee Survey are now available. The results for the County overall and your department or division can be viewed here (Sharepoint). Work group results will be available soon.  Overall, we had a 70% response rate, up 11 points from our first annual survey in 2015 and our highest participation rate ever. Employee engagement continued its steady increase, with our engagement index climbing two points from 2017 – a significant jump for an organization our size – and up… Read More

Did you know you had this benefit? Mentorship Program 

King County offers a Mentoring Program designed to provide employees the opportunity to develop beneficial and rewarding partnerships that encourage professional and personal development in powerful ways. Mentoring allows a mentee to build a relationship with a trusted advisor who can help them explore career options and develop future goals in a safe space. Being a mentor can improve coaching skills, build influence and contribute to the success of the County. Learn more at

 Let’s talk about it: Mental Health, May events 

Crossposted from Balanced You  May is Mental Health Awareness month, an important time to learn more about mental health, change the conversation and understand the resources available whether you’re looking to support yourself, colleagues or loved ones.  Let’s work together to open up the conversation around mental health here in King County. Throughout the year, Balanced You will partner with several groups to organize, promote or support discussions around the County. Below are a few partner events taking place later this month. Please note: additional opportunities are in the works. Look for more information soon or contact… Read More