Telling the stories of King County employees
On Monday, Sept. 26, the 2016 King County Employee Survey will launch, giving the County an opportunity to hear from employees about how we can better serve our customers and make King County a better place to work. In 2015, more than 7,500 employees participated in the employee survey. Since then, more than 230 action plans have been created to address the issues you raised and the major themes that emerged: 1. Growth and development Launched an Employee Resource Center to provide resources like resume building, mock interviews and training plans to… Read More
Crossposted from the Election Connection Are you an elections nerd? A civic enthusiast? Just interested in earning some extra cash for the Holidays? King County Elections will be hiring more than 500 temporary staff to help with this year’s Presidential Election. Some of the things our temporary staff help out with include: Providing customer service to voters and answering questions about things like voter registration, ballot tracking and election deadlines; Reviewing ballots, including duplicating damaged or write-in ballots; Opening, separating and inspecting envelopes and ballots; Analyzing and determining whether to accept or… Read More
Top ideas from the 9/15 training: Discuss w/team the goals of the survey and its ability to create change incrementally. Schedule a time for work group to take the survey. Serve food and beverages Paper survey – work site meeting time. Online – outlook calendar meeting. Be clear about using work time. These were not the top scoring ideas from the training, but interesting enough to share: Explain to the employee how important the survey is, share results from last year and the timeline of how involved the county is in gathering… Read More
Crossposted from King County Parks Jordin Andrade, an employee from the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, recently competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since January, he has worked as a control room technician, and thanks to his flexible schedule, was able to balance training for the Olympics and working. Even though he works at the WKCAC (a hub for Olympic swimmers), he actually ran in the Men’s 400m hurdles, representing Cape Verde. Andrade made it to the semifinals in the Men’s 400 meter hurdles and placed 16th. He… Read More
Here are some ideas for engagement from the 9/8 training: Give staff lunch on me (supervisor) if work group has 100% participation Raffle Prizes Incentivize them with a special raffle prize every week for those who have completed the survey. The earlier you do it, the more chances you have to win.
Crossposted from the DES Express Anthony Taylor, a customer service specialist in the Recorder’s Office, was on KING-5’s Evening Magazine. Anthony is a volunteer at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Anthony attended the camp as a child, and even met his soon-to-be-wife there. The video quotes him saying “Having fun and that’s what I want to give back to the kids because that’s what I got,” said Taylor. “This is family. Doc Stamm’s like a second dad to me.” You can see the full… Read More
It’s important for employees to have a strong work-life balance. Doing so can reduce stress and significantly decrease other health risks in a person’s life. It also allows employees to get more satisfaction out of doing their job, making the work more meaningful and effective. With this in mind, one section in the Department of Executive Services decided to use the results from the 2015 Employee Survey as a turning point to tackle an ongoing issue – telecommuting. Carmel Call, the Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC), explains that the topic… Read More
Many of us have thought about what more we can do to create a racially-just and inclusive King County and country. Many conditions in our county continue to become more inequitable with stark demarcations between the haves and the have-nots. At King County we are very proud to launch our first King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan. This Plan builds on much of the good work that we and our partners have been doing to advance equity in our region and pushes us to become more thoughtful, strategic and effective…. Read More
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 09/25/16 11:59 PM Salary: $34.55 Hourly Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Location: Multiple locations in King County, Washington Department: Department of Transportation – Transit Division Description: The Transit Purchasing Specialist Lead is responsible for a variety of electrical and building maintenance parts and other equipment, tools and supplies necessary for supporting the operation and maintenance of Transit Facilities. Work involves providing technical assistance and lead direction to a group of assigned purchasing specialists. Work includes coordinating assignments; monitoring and adjusting work flows; maintaining quality standards; ensuring… Read More
In July, the RainWise program achieved a milestone: 1,000 rain garden or cistern installations on private property. The program offers rebates to install rain gardens and cisterns on private property in Seattle neighborhoods where King County and Seattle are working to prevent combined sewer overflows (CSO). Almost half of the 1,000 installations are located in King County CSO basins. To learn more about this successful program visit the King County website, visit the 700 Millions Gallons website or read this previous KC Employee News article.
KCIT is currently working on a project to upgrade the Solid Waste “What Do I Do With” app and needs your help! Volunteers may be asked to participate by either doing an activity online or in person. Participation involves about 30 minutes sometime in the month of September or October to review and provide feedback on prototypes of the new application. Contact Marivic.email@example.com if you’re interested, seats are limited! If contacted to participate, you’ll need manager approval.
Crossposted from Metro Matters (Editor’s Note: This blog post includes a message from Metro Transit Interim General Manager Rob Gannon, followed below by a detailed accounting by Operations Manager Ted Harris, who outlines Metro’s efforts to hire drivers during our time of growth. Learn about the opportunity to #DriveForMetro.) At Metro Transit, we strive to provide safe, reliable and consistent transit service. We know that hundreds of thousands of riders depend on us every day to get to work, to school, to shopping, and to an amazing variety of locations. And we… Read More
Crossposted from King County Wastewater Treatment Division Summer’s over and school supplies are flying off store shelves. For ten students, it’s time to return from a special experience. At the end of August, ten high school students completed internships at King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD). For six weeks, these interns have seen their world view and horizons expand. They’ve learned about water and wastewater systems at the foundation of our region. They’ve learned about careers that protect the environment. They heard industry professionals describe their career paths and commitment to our… Read More
Come learn about what King County is doing to prepare for climate impacts, meet the staff working on preparedness, learn about preparedness tools that may help your program, and find out how you can help get the county prepared! The Summit is set for Sept. 21, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room. All King County employees welcome, but space is limited, so please sign up online, and ensure you have prior supervisor approval. For more information, please email Jessica Engel or call (206) 477-3132.
Some more great ideas from the 9/6 training! Completing the survey automatically enters you into a drawing for a cool prize. Create a friendly competition between work groups in the division. Give a “golden ticket” for some fun event (root beer float party? Museum of Flight?) in exchange for completed survey. Drawing for prizes for those completing the survey. Let employees put a dot on an anonymous board when they take it to visually show how many have taken it — fill up the bucket!
On Aug. 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Christie True, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and Wastewater Treatment Division employees, former employees and retirees, to celebrate the West Point Treatment Plant’s 50th birthday. West Point, located next to Discovery Park in Seattle, has been helping protect Puget Sound for 50 years, and treats wastewater from homes and businesses in Seattle, Shoreline, north Lake Washington, north King County and parts of south Snohomish County. “We should be proud that we run such a clean sewage treatment plant that… Read More
King County’s Public Health employees, like many County employees, are on the frontline of providing critical services to help residents live longer, healthier lives. People join Public Health because they want to help other people. Public Health has a wide range of customers – ranging from restaurant diners to people in medical distress who call 9-1-1 to our county’s most vulnerable residents who face barriers due to poverty, race, homeless status, gender, or limited English proficiency. So when the 2015 Employee Survey launched last September, leaders at Public Health saw an opportunity… Read More
It just takes one person to save a life. And for a gentleman on the evening ferry headed from Seattle to Bainbridge Island on July 18, that person was a quick-thinking King County employee. It began with the announcement that there was a medical emergency. A passenger was having trouble breathing and ferry crew members had responded. When they realized he needed medical attention, a call was put out for medical professionals who could assist. That’s when Jim Gleckler, a Registered Nurse with Public Health, stepped forward. “He had stopped breathing and… Read More
By Dijana Steward, IT Project Manager and member of the KCIT Employee Engagement Committee In July, King County IT CIO Bill Kehoe and I were asked to participate in the “Diversity Panel and Resources Event for Tech Industry Career Opportunities” event, an evening-long program hosted by the Department of Community and Human Services to provide insight and inspiration to people of color in their quest to build a career in technology. Bill was on the employer leadership panel and I was on the “this is how it really is” diversity panel. I… Read More