Telling the stories of King County employees
Crossposted from Public Health Insider What percentage of children in your child’s school are vaccinated against measles? How does your school district compare to others in King County? How have student immunization rates changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic? Find this and more on Public Health’s School Immunizations Data Dashboard, recently updated to include data for the 2021-22 school year. Using interactive data visualizations, you can view local school, school district, county, and state immunization completion and exemption data. Read more.
Crossposted from Metro Matters As Link light rail extends north, our Lynnwood Link Connections mobility project is working to improve public transportation for communities in northwest King County and southwest Snohomish County. This planning is a collaborative process that includes feedback from community, Sound Transit, Community Transit, and other partners, to develop proposed bus routes to meet residents’ priority transportation needs as new light rail stations open in 2024. We invite you to learn more and take our survey on these proposed bus routes by March 10. Read more.
Our top priority is your safety and security at work, and we are continuing to partner with law enforcement, community, and other governments to ensure a safer, more welcoming environment in and around our facilities. This video gives tips on how to respond to a theft or attempted theft, and to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. To report a non-emergency incident, contact FMD Security at 206-296-5000, email FMD.Security@kingcounty.gov, or file an incident report at www.kingcounty.gov/IncidentReport. Check out the video and watch for additional videos with safety tips this year. For more information on employee safety… Read More
Crossposted from Metro Matters In 1973, a 10-year-old in South Seattle started riding the bus alone at the encouragement of his mother. She told her son to sit at the front of the bus, and if he had any questions, to ask the driver. The young man did as his mother said, and it created a love of transit that inspired his future. That 10-year-old, Terry White, would spend his entire career with King County Metro, retiring as Metro’s General Manager. As Metro begins to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, White spoke to KNKX Radio about… Read More
King County employees are invited to join in honoring human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual celebration on Thursday, Jan. 12. The theme for the celebration is “Truth, Light, and Hope,” along with the guiding quote “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote address will be given by Port of Seattle Commissioner Hamdi Mohamed. The celebration will Thursday,… Read More
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
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.
One way to feel more fulfilled in your life is to give your time to causes you care about. Volunteering can improve your mental health in many ways. To learn how you can use up to three sick days per year to volunteer, click here.
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.
Cross-posted from Metro Matters Metro Transit Police Chief Jose Marenco has provided exemplary service to the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) for 24 years and to the Snoqualmie Police Department for two years prior to that. Since October 2020, Jose has been King County Metro’s friend and partner as Chief of Metro Transit Police. Metro is tremendously grateful for his outstanding work on behalf of Metro’s employees, riders, and community members. In recognition, KCSO recently promoted Jose to Chief of the Patrol Operations Division. Read more.
Cross-posted from Keeping King County Green A fresh start to the new year signals the beginning of something new to try to better ourselves. Why not make 2023 the year of showing up for the planet and committing to an eco-friendly action? For tips on setting attainable eco-friendly goals for 2023, read more.
Locking your screen when you get up from your desk is a security action that is often overlooked and can have dangerous consequences. Failing to lock your screen can open you up to several vulnerabilities–some more serious than others. Although many organizations have a policy which automatically locks your screen with a screen saver after a certain amount of inactivity, not all screen savers are password-protected, leaving your workstation defenseless. Here are a few actions the bad guys can do when you leave your workstation unlocked and unattended: Files can be downloaded… Read More
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
Let this toolkit from Mindfulness Northwest guide you through your workday, reducing stress, increasing focus, and managing transitions. Balanced You partners with Mindfulness Northwest to offer free mindfulness classes and workshops to King County employees.
Reaching your financial goals is possible with a little help. Learn how you can get a free money coach for 90 days through MySecureAdvantage (MSA). My Secure Advantage (MSA) is a financial wellness program that provides King County employees with tools and coaching to help reach their financial goals.
King County Metro is conducting a study and wants your feedback on trip planning tools like maps, schedules, and alerts. See if you qualify for the study by taking a short survey. If you complete this survey, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten $100 gift cards. If you are selected to participate in the study, you will receive up to $150.
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has published an After-Action Report, summarizing key information from the first two years (January 2020 – January 2022) of PHSKC’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The After-Action Report was created to better understand the efforts undertaken by Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, record the contributions and roles of those who responded, and identify ways to strengthen future responses to public health emergencies. The document captures strengths, lessons learned, and recommendations raised by stakeholders and partners. A summary of the report is available… Read More
Our top stories and videos for 2022 Throughout 2022, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) county-wide Employee Newsletter provided a wealth of information about employee benefits and accomplishments, learning and advancement opportunities, public health and community services, and other important news. Our Employee Communications Team also shared these stories on the KC Employee News blog, the King County Employees YouTube channel, the KCEmployees Twitter account, and the King County, WA LinkedIn account. We want to take a moment to say we appreciate you, King County employees, for reading and viewing all this news and sharing it… Read More
King County’s Administrative Professional Partners is proud to present Culinary Administration: Recipes for Administr-eating, a collection of recipes submitted by Administrative Professionals throughout King County. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort. To download the cookbook, click here – and enjoy!
Cross-posted from Metro Matters Once again, Metro Transit police and others in King County law enforcement stepped up during the holidays in a diaper drive to aid local families in need. The donations they collected filled several vehicles. The drive partnered with the Salvation Army to reach families in need. Other deputies and personnel around the county likewise participated in the diaper drive. Read more.