Why Silos Don’t Break Down So Easily
Employees must learn to work with different departments in cross-functional teams
CEOs are encouraged to bust silos so often you’d think half their job is driving bulldozers over grain farms. Employees must learn to work with different departments in cross-functional teams. Lack of institutional awareness throughout the org chart leads to inefficiencies and confusion.
All true, and that’s why the no-silo dream is a compelling one for executives. But there are a couple of problems with the dream: Your people probably like their silos, and they’re often not working in an environment where they can easily get out of them anyhow.
That’s one of the conclusions to draw from The State of Work: 2018-2019 Edition, a recent study published by the enterprise technology firm Workfront. The report, based on a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. employees at large companies who work on a computer and do collaborative work, shows a workplace that’s straining to get its regular tasks done and doesn’t have much of an appetite for cross-functional anything.
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