Why not make the civil service social?

Interesting to read Sean Trainor's post this morning about the Civil Service People Survey; the largest employee engagement study ever conducted in the UK, covering over half a million civil servants across 95 departments and agencies.

The bit that caught my eye was

However only

· half of staff are involved in decision making

· one third believe their opinions count

· one quarter believe change is managed well and is for the better

This would be such an opportunity to have a serious attempt to introduce social tools and reverse some of those stats but the scary thing is we are much more likely to see the blunt instrument of hacking staff numbers and more rather than less management initiatives.