“Treasury Tinder” hooks up civil servants in the workplace

A location-based networking tool that randomly pairs up UK government workers has been “eagerly welcomed” by treasurers, according to City AM.

Nicknamed “Treasury Tinder,” a reference to the popular dating app, the scheme matches up civil servants pooled from the department’s 1131 members, who then go on coffee dates. Punning on “randomised control trials,” which the government uses to try out new policies, these dates are known as “randomised coffee trials.”

The innovation charity Nesta launched the initiative last year with the intention of creating “an institutionalised space for serendipity.” City AM could “not yet confirm how ‘serendipitous’ the Treasury’s meetings have proved.”

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