Org Charts: The Mundane Tool for Learning

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Apr 02

When we’re scurrying around trying to find out about other departments in an organization, one of the first things I go looking for is an organizational chart of the group. Usually, when I go looking, one of two things happen: either I find the chart and someone I know on it that I can ask questions of, or, I can’t find it at all.

Over on the More Than a Living blog, Amy Winkelman posts that:

Knowing the working relationships between people, how teams are put together and who can sign-off on key decisions is critical to doing my job well. Unfortunately, the number of times I’ve asked for and received a current org chart is exactly zero.

It depends upon the company you work for, of course. The range is no org charts available at all to having org charts automatically generated as part of a human resources change control that then shows up on the company’s internal web site.

Current org charts do more than just tell you who is in an organization: they can provide great insights into the group. Things like:

  • Total current headcount in the group
  • Employees by location
  • Employees by title
  • Based upon title, some functional areas of responsibility for the group

But, it all starts with an accurate org chart.

Amy asks whether or not your company’s org chart is up to date — or even if you have one. They are good questions. How’s your group’s org chart?

  • Scot – glad the post was helpful. I’m also glad to have found your blog…I’ll be back.

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