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The impact of silos on collaboration in the workplace.

Posted on Thu, 2016-09-15 15:05 by Industry News

All businesses need to be sensitive to efficiency and productivity, or putting it another way making sure things get done and quickly. The key to getting things done faster is to enable collaboration.

Encouragingly nearly 3 out of 4 employers rate team work and collaboration as “very important”, but worryingly 39% of surveyed employees say that people in their organisations do not collaborate enough[1].

Why the lack of collaboration?

One of the major reasons for this lack of collaboration is a silo mentality, where groups or departments within an organization refuse to share information with others. This often results in inefficiency as efforts are duplicated to achieve similar understandings and outputs leading to conflict over ownership of information and its use.

The main reason listed by Forbes for the existence of silos is conflicted leadership[2]. Staff often blame the absence of tools, systems and training. Leaders attempt to resolves this conflict from a macro perspective, preventing recognition of the true core issues and occasionally antagonising and alienating groups even further.

Breaking down the silos.

The key to successfully breaking down silos and establishing good collaborative practices in the workplace is to establish a different culture that pervades through the organisation. This culture should support a system of recognition for efforts, re-inforce the benefits of sharing and enhance a collaborative approach to projects.

A working environment that supports a new culture in the workplace is an important step to breaking the silo mentality. A workplace that is designed to support the activities of the business and workforce results in increased productivity. Additional benefits often include the retention of staff and improved moral

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