The importance of cross department relationships in a company’s success
As companies begin to scale and adopt more efficient working styles, an organisational concept that is gaining greater significance is the importance of cross functional relationships across departments. While internal team dynamics are the most important factor to get right first, cross department relationships should not be neglected.
Challenges of dysfunctional cross department relationships
Companies with little to no interaction or relationships between departments tend to face a lot of challenges related to efficiency and productivity.
Wasted time, resources and money when efforts are ideas are not aligned
Narrow minded and unable to consider other viewpoints
Pointless meetings – conflicting ideas and confusion of how teams are operating
A silo style of working – closed off to other departments
Lack of direction and unity
Creating more workplace conflict
Benefits of cross functional relationships
There are numerous benefits to having cross department relationships which impacts on the success of a company, as listed below:
Individuals understand their contributions to the common goal
More efficiency and productivity, and therefore quicker in achieving goals
More effective use of time, effort, resources and money
Creating and delivering more purposeful projects
Makes employees more open minded and understand the impact of their work on other departments and toward the common goal
How to create positive cross functional relationships
There are many ways you can lead your organisation to perform better, such as:
Provide clear common goals and objectives and set out the contribution that every department will make towards achieving it
Give employees platforms and tools that will allow them to communicate and share information
Encourage employees to build interpersonal relationships informally and trust each other
Give employees the opportunity to collaborate by delegating tasks and getting them to consult one another
Teach empathy – employees with a positive mindset and attitude will be more open to working collaboratively
Have a common language and reduce the use of jargon or department-specific language that can challenge employees or make them feel excluded
Get feedback – employees know best what challenges need to be addressed and how to improve and accommodate their working styles.
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