Employees say they’d be more likely to collaborate if they knew about the expertise in other silos. In Tribe’s recent national research with employees of companies with workforces of 5,000 and more, many respondents reported that they have low awareness of the work going on in other silos.
When they’re not able to meet face-to-face, they want their companies’ help in connecting with each other. Over a third recommended the solution of communications that offer news about the areas of expertise and new projects happening in other business units, divisions and locations.
Intranet forums were the most highly recommended solution for connecting across silos. Over 40 percent of respondents suggested online forums for sharing news about other silos, as well as a place to share ideas and best practices.
“Give us their specific mission and specialty areas so we know they even exist.”
“Every new project at implementation should have a company-wide announcement kick-off.”
“(Want the) ability to find people and find people’s work.”
“Stop making it so difficult. Provide information on other parts of the organization so we can make informed decisions on who we need to reach out to.”
An employee directory was suggested by 36 percent of respondents. They reported that one of the most challenging hurdles to collaboration is simply knowing how to find the contact information for appropriate collaboration partners.
This is one of several blogs highlighting the key insights of Tribe’s upcoming white paper, “Employee Recommendations for Connecting Across Silos.” The white paper will be posted on Tribe’s website and available for download in late October.