LSA Global Insights Newsletter: How to Succeed in a Matrixed Work Environment

April 29, 2023

How to Succeed in a Matrixed Work Environment

Do Your Teams Know How to Succeed in a Matrixed Work Environment?

If your employees work on multiple teams and report to multiple managers (directly or indirectly), you are working in a matrixed work environment. In a recent study of over 14,000 U.S. workers, Gallup reported that almost two-thirds of employees operate on matrixed teams.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Matrixed Work Environment

When done right, the advantages of a matrixed environment are increased synergies, engagement, learning, innovation, and performance caused by better communication, higher levels of cross-functional collaboration, and strategic resource allocation.

When done wrong, matrixed employees seem to spend more time and effort in negotiations and meetings than actually getting things done.

With so many different responsibilities on various teams and projects, matrixed employees often complain of cognitive overload, role confusion, misaligned priorities, and people not doing their fair share.

Based upon change management simulation data, here are four tips on how to take advantage of the positive aspects of a matrixed environment and reduce the negative risks.

Read the 4 Tips to Succeed in a Matrixed Environment at Work


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