Friday, April 07, 2006

Unsiloing in the workplace

An interesting new trend is emerging:

One of the hottest buzzwords in human resources now is "unsiloing," an ungainly bit of jargon that means this: Take upwardly mobile employees out of their straight-up-and-down functional "silos" and move them around to where their talents are needed, with an eye toward helping them cultivate new skills... "The trend will open up some interesting possibilities for people who want to get ahead, especially if they're between the ages of 35 and 55"

And why would managers go to the expense and effort to promote unsiloing?

"CEOs will rarely admit it in public, but privately they say they're worried about having enough qualified people to fill leadership roles as baby boomers retire," says Kochanski. "So more big companies now are actively analyzing where the gaps are likely to be, and which skills they need to be giving people the chance to develop right now."

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