Lately, there’s been lots of discussion in the office about new guidance for civil servants using social media.
You can read it here. No big surprises; all very practical, positive stuff.
The question raised among our team was what this guidance meant for people who blogged, filmed or pinned, in a personal capacity. The interpretation was that all online activity by civil servants should be attributable, regardless of whether it was professional or personal. This seems fair to me, but I can also understand how it might be of concern for some.
What this discussion revealed is that lots of my colleagues do interesting things online. However, because the content is nothing to do with Government digital, they don’t feel it appropriate to share their experiences.
Now, I am on a mission to help my colleagues celebrate the work they do online, away from work, and reassure them they won’t suffer any retribution (provided they adhere to the simple principles of the civil service code, of course). The point I have been making is that whether someone blogs in a professional capacity or not, the fact they are doing something means they are an invaluable advocate.
For those working in digital teams, you should feel more confident advising others about digital engagement if you have first hand experience. I don’t particularly care if you blog about bikes or blowfish, or take photos of cakes or cats. You are a practitioner and that’s what is important.
With this in mind, BIS is running a ‘digital day’ next week, to encourage staff to try something new online, reveal their hidden passion for digital, or ask our team for advice. I’ll blog about how we get on.
And in the spirit of sharing content and experiences that are nothing to do with Whitehall, or Government digital, here’s a short clip of me having fun (legally) on a day out in a very noisy Ferrari.