Last week, I posted a discussion topic on Govloop asking what social media people want in their career.
Seeing that social media is a relatively new sphere, especially within the government space, it was interesting to note the variety of responses received–ranging from a personal desire to make a difference to opportunities to innovate to a reminder of the need for a simple “thank you!”
A common sentiment that echoed throughout the discussion thread, however, was the need to be empowered. SM people want to have the freedom to learn and to be as Jacque (Brown) Myers put it, “on the bleeding edge of technology and communications.” They want the flexibility to be able to implement innovative new processes. Yet they cannot work alone. Management support is crucial.
Here’s what people had to say:
In the end, people need to communicate their needs to ears that are willing to listen. If SM folks can justify how the organization will ultimately benefit, and if management is willing to listen, then there is no limit to the amazing things that can be accomplished by driven, empowered (and happy) change makers!
If you have an opinion or an example of what empowerment looks like, leave your comment below!