Many employees can consider their knowledge and practices as individual assets. This can discourage them from sharing their knowledge and experiences. However, if the company offers safe environment that encourage employees to try, discover and innovate, then they do not share their experiences, what would be the benefits? How everyone benefits from the safe environment?
All the individual knowledge and practices could disappear anytime as employees are not encouraged to share that. Anytime employees can just leave the job and carry the private knowledge they acquired. Therefore, what are the company`s benefits of that?
In short, there must be recognition and encouragement for knowledge management, otherwise it would be only private knowledge leave the company whenever the employee leaves.