How to break down silos, barriers (Toughest HR Question)

Ensure organizational culture, structure fosters collaboration
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2012

Question: As an HR professional, how can I go about breaking down organizational barriers and silos among departments and people with different functional and professional backgrounds?

Answer: Working in silos — sometimes even in competition with one another — is an all-too-common problem at many organizations. While some healthy competition can be good, not sharing information, failing to consider the needs of other stakeholders and working at cross-purposes are likely to cause more harm than good.

One of HR’s mandates is to improve organizational effectiveness. This applies not only to organizational development (OD) specialists but HR generalists and specialists in other functional areas of HR.