Organizations could learn a lot from teachers and the classroom. The environment is all about sharing knowledge, increasing engagement, and developing people. There are a lot of analogies to be made; unfortunately, bullying is also something that seeped into our minds when we were kids and then we smuggled those bad habits with us into the workplace.
All about collaboration and the future of work
Posts by Erik Mashkilleyson:
Silos are the byproducts of growth and specialization inside a company. Silos are basically teams (not people but organizational structures) that have distanced themselves from each other and possess information that the other teams don't. In a silo, employees will have less of a relationship with the company. Instead, they are loyal to their silo and its objectives. They will learn to gradually care less and less about the company as a whole. They do not work in the company. They work in the silo. And the company is what causes problems for the silo.
Trust and teamwork are in a crisis if you ask managers. If you are a knowledge worker, you are working remotely in the COVID spring of 2020; whether you want to or not. Everyone has become intimately familiar with remote collaboration – instant messaging, simultaneous editing, and gawking at your colleagues' bookshelves in video calls – the most used tools being Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google's G Suite. And Sharepoint for some, you poor souls.