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Onboarding and Career Mobility: Two New Programs for Court Employees and Long-Term Benefits for Courts in King County, WA

Court leaders frequently express concern about the ability to: (1) recruit and retain qualified employees and (2) meet the development desires of a workforce that is increasingly hungry for “growth and learning opportunities.” Are you one of them? If yes, you are not alone. Leaders of both private and public organizations frequently express concerns about being able to recruit and maintain a high-performing, engaged workforce.

King County Superior Court (Seattle, Washington) recently developed two new employee programs thanks to a technical assistance grant from SJI, the hard work of a dedicated internal project team led by Deputy Court Administrator Linda Ridge, and the assistance of Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey (who served as a consultant to the Court for this project).

The two programs are:

  1. A multi-phased Onboarding Program for new employees; and,
  2. A Leadership Development and Career Mobility program for “veteran” employees of 3 years or more.

Both programs are aimed at meeting the expressed desires and needs of today’s workforce and yield significant, noticeable benefits to Courts. Please contact article authors, Linda K. Ridge at linda.ridge@kingcounty.gov or Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey at bwagen@praxisconsulting.org for more information.  You can read the full post-project summary here.