Silos are present in many organizations today. These silos create communication links, hinder performance and prevent business progress and performance.
In today's business world, there is little space for duplication or waste. Business companies often depend on getting it right for the first time. As problems become more complicated and require multinational thinking, solutions to problems need to be required for employees to work between departments.
How to reduce silos contained in our organizations in order to increase productivity, communication and performance, as teams and organizations are asked to do more with less and less time limits?
This article explores five ways to start reducing silos that may be:
- Increase trust and boost : Silos often exist because there is a lack of understanding between different departments and actions. Different departments may seem to "speak different languages". They believe they have different jobs. One of the core projects that companies can do is create opportunities for building and enhancing trust. Very simply set, create opportunities for departments to get to know each other. It can be as simple as a formal or informal meeting, or as accurate as a shadow at work or an external retreat. Time to develop and build relationships between teams and departments is important to silo bust.
- Transparency Understanding: The key component of reducing silos is to allow different departments to study who are what they do and how works they matched . Where is the overlap between work in different departments? What gaps exist? Where is duplication? Where would the communication communicate serve the tasks they commit and also the organization?
- Help people see a larger image. In order to reduce silos, we need to allow people to see the larger image. Silo mentality is often created because people only see a slope of the big picture – their own reality. Business leaders can help their employees see a larger image by linking new approaches to the company's overall strategy. Leaders can also encourage team members to see how their work is in key business goals and output. Top leaders need to continue to send clear messages about the big picture. Team leaders play a key role in helping their teams understand how they connect and support the larger image.
- Create a Common View : Silence often occurs when there is a lack of common vision. Create opportunities for phone-based groups to create a common view of their work, within and and on the team. Help team members understand their role, priorities and where they want to go. Identify synergies and overlap to find common action limits.
- Identify / Create Common Purposes: Creating an opportunity to work towards shared goals from different angles leads to increased understanding of silos. Sometimes urgent pressure to get it done is to close the gap. If the pressure is not automatically there, consider what goals are common with different teams and share the perspective of why it is important to achieve them.
Wasting time on these basic elements can help to close the gap and reduce the silos that are present.
Questions to consider:
What silos is there when you think about your own organization?
What is the effect of this silos? On people? About communication? On success?
What are the most important ones to deal with?
What activities / actions will help to reduce the silos?