Steve davies's Blog – February 2012 Archive (7)

Digital Destruction


An excellent video from Erik Qualman. A progression from the death of the wrist watch to the emergence of the Digital Leader.


Destruction may seem a harsh term to some. After all, these devices and services have been replaced by something better. All of it social.


However, that being said the way some of the…


Added by steve davies on February 29, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Workplace socialisation in the Public Service

In the course of examining data from the current State of the Service of the Service Report the previous report. It contains an interesting chart showing employee satisfaction or engagement by length of service in the APS (see at the end of this post).


What is interesting is the reduction in engagement over time for most factors. This pattern mirrors what is known about work place socialisation. In general terms the pattern is for quite high levels of engagement when one…


Added by steve davies on February 28, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

State of the Services Reports and Employee Surveys

This post is a work-in-progress. What I am starting to do is pull together State of the Service Reports for various jurisdictions. These reports are compiled by central agencies within each State/Territory jurisdiction.


The purpose of doing so is to assist people to compare the various reports and form a view on the degree of openness of each jurisdiction. These reports contain information that provides an indication of the organisational health of the public sector of each…


Added by steve davies on February 24, 2012 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

The PR Report - The Top 20 Trends for PR Practitioners in 2012

Glen Frost of frocomm kindly asked me to pen some of my thoughts for The PR Report. Needless to say, my thoughts centred on information, transparency and authenticity.


After reading the entire report it is clear to me that quite a few people - a lot actually - are on a similar wavelength so far as the impact of the web and social media is concerned. The community is screaming out for authenticity from…


Added by steve davies on February 20, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

State of the Service Report 2010-11: Australian Public Service Employee Survey Results

I appreciate that publishing the State of the Service Report results to is a start. However, the results are hardly presented in an accessible manner. OK for statisticians, but what about the public? A small start would be to use textual column headings rather than question numbers and response scale text rather than numeric values. Little things help.


The major point, however, is that the public service is a mysterious black box to many people. So why not do more…


Added by steve davies on February 16, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Centre for Public Sector Design - A drone free zone

I've been pondering the Centre for Public Sector Design for a little while. Especially after reading the post Six thoughts for the Centre for Public Sector Design’s future CEO. Great advice for sure:


  • The methodology is NOT the most important thing.
  • Don’t move slowly.
  • Measure EVERYTHING that you do.
  • Do more than ‘assure’.
  • Do…

Added by steve davies on February 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Australian Taxation Office Employee Engagement Survey - Beyond FOI?

Some time ago a good friend of mine drew my attention to an article by Kate Dempsey entitled Public Sector Values as a Talisman against 'evil'. The article raises questions about how such values are used, not so much the values themselves.


On 1 February 2012 I received a response from the…


Added by steve davies on February 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

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