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Public vs Private Org Charts

Why transparency matters

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Written by Dominic Yong
Updated over a week ago

Companies cannot make their org charts private on The Org. The Org doesn't offer this option because it is our core belief that org charts should be public. There are numerous benefits to having a public org chart related to hiring, onboarding, collaborating, working, and investing.

Why Transparency Matters

The Org differs from existing professional communities because we’re not only built around the individual. We’re also built around organizations and teams. Our public org chart platform is a paradigm shift for businesses. Our network highlights the teams, cultures, skills, and focus areas of the companies changing the world.

In the past, individuals thought of their resume as a totally private document, to be kept close to the chest and hidden from the world except when absolutely necessary. LinkedIn turned that concept on its head by making resumes a dynamic and open platform, with every individual sharing the best of themselves with the professional world.

The Org does the same thing for company org charts, transforming them from a static and private piece of paper to a dynamic, shareable, public platform. By making org charts public, companies have the opportunity to connect internal and external stakeholders, use their existing talent to attract new talent, and improve communication and coordination.

Transparency means running organizations that align their interests with those of their stakeholders, customers, and the world. It’s not a buzzword. It’s not about openly spilling company secrets. It’s about providing context and growing trust that is rewarded by loyalty.

A transparent company structure increases company effectiveness. They’re built around the right incentives, easy access to information, and facilitating coordination. Everyone should have a public org chart because what you make is determined by how you are structured.

Transparent companies engage with public input. They encourage participation and interact with feedback from customers. They value their users and community as part of the building process.

Transparency isn’t only a virtue - it’s a competitive advantage. Remote work is here to stay, and like any societal shift, this presents massive opportunities to those who are prepared. Transparency sets up a company’s ever-changing environment for success, even if your teams are dispersed across the globe.

Transparency isn’t just a management term, it can reverberate throughout the choices you make as a company, including the tools you use for work. Embrace the change.

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