This year, our blog has covered more topics and discussed more issues than ever before. We’ve picked our most popular blog posts this year that merit a second sampling.
Social media myths exploded
It’s been with us for some time, but there are still many misconceptions about social media and how to use it at work. The head of digital comms for the PM’s Office and Cabinet Office explodes some of the myths of social media - before they blow up in our faces!
Why mid-year reviews are nothing to be scared of
The mid-year review isn’t something we all look forward to, but this blog from a Jobcentre Plus team leader gives you five top tips for making it a positive exercise. There are handy pointers here, too, for end-of-year reviews, which are now on the horizon.
Removing the barriers to success
The Civil Service closely reflects the make-up of wider society, with people from every kind of background. But why do talented people from certain groups find it harder to succeed? The Talent Action Plan sets out to understand the barriers they face and remove them, as Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood explains.
How Wales led the charge on carrier bags
Charging for carrier bags? You’d think that wouldn’t be popular - but you’d be wrong. This Civil Service Quarterly article looks at how the Welsh Government has bagged benefits for businesses, charities and consumers, as well as reducing the annual environmental impact of 445 million plastic bags. Now, the rest of the UK is jumping on the “bag-wagon”.
How to be a great leader
As we look forward to the new Civil Service Leadership Statement and Strategy early next year - which many of you have fed into - the leadership insights of Sir Simon Fraser, Permanent Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, are worth a second read.
The commercial imperative
Even the most basic office transactions, such as buying paper clips or post-it notes, require commercial nous so that we can get the best price on the best terms. It’s one of the priority skills we all need. This blog looks at how we go about acquiring it.
Don't be a mobile mug
It may sound melodramatic, but when someone steals your mobile device, they’re not just taking your property, they’re taking part of you. Personal data on your smartphone or tablet can tell a thief a lot about you and has monetary as well as practical value. With many of us out and about at this time of year, this Civil Service Quarterly blog has useful tips on keeping your device safe and the data on it as secure as possible.