An org chart is so much more than a run-of-the-mill HR tool. As it turns out, an org chart can make all the difference in the world. Learn all the creative ways a completed org chart on The Org can help out your company.
Hiring and Employer Branding
Hiring the right candidate is not easy and it ultimately affects everyone. It takes a village (or in this case, a team!) to convert the best talent.
The most talented employees know they have options. When looking for a potential employer, they want to make an informed decision. Give candidates what they want before they even ask for it. By providing an org chart for job seekers, you can give them a clear picture of how your company is structured and who they’d be working with.
Candidates turn to social media, job boards and org charts to learn about the job and company culture. Companies with a strong employer brand can use these same outlets to build trust among prospects and authentically demonstrate what it means to work for your company.Companies with a strong employer brand can use these same outlets to build trust among prospects and authentically demonstrate what it means to work for your company.
Setting up a public org chart can improve your hiring process even more.
When starting a new job, it’s common for employees to feel overwhelmed. Learning the ropes is seldom easy, and meeting a host of new coworkers can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of who everyone is (and what they do) may take a while.
An org chart will help ease employees into their new roles. Because your org chart functions as a staff directory, fresh hires can use it to:
Put names to faces
Learn more about their colleagues
Understand where they fit into the broader structure of the company
See who they should reach out to with a question or concern
What their work preferences and styles are
Not only will this make for happier employees, but it will also allow them to ramp up to full productivity much faster.
New hires aren’t the only employees that can benefit from having a company directory at their fingertips. Even veterans sometimes struggle to remember who’s who. That presents a real challenge for team building — one that The Org can help solve.
The “about me” for each employee—often including fun personal information — give employees the ability to find common ground and establish deeper connections. They might mention their:
This lets employees understand more about the people they’re working closely with.
These team-building features will ultimately lead to more productive teams. The better your employees know each other, the more efficient they’ll be when working together.
Improving company culture
Culture is an easily overlooked aspect of company growth — but an essential aspect. A company with a toxic culture is doomed from the start. Org charts can help ward this off by forcing business leaders to confront:
How the company is structured
What hierarchies have been established
What unintentional biases may be at work in those hierarchies
The transparency of an org chart can lead to deep insights into what roles equality and diversity play in your company.
Optimizing resource efficiency
Your org chart gives your leadership team a bird’s-eye view of how your company is using its personnel — and how they might be employed more efficiently. For example, you’ll be able to see which departments are under- or over-staffed. Or, there may be an employee whose true talents are wasted in their current role and would be more useful in another.
And once you spot these problems, your org chart will make it all the easier to correct them and restructure your company as needed.
Managing remote teams
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world are increasingly embracing remote work. This has created a massive opportunity for growth, but also presents new challenges. Keeping remote teams united and on the same page is often much harder than it would be in a traditional office environment.
Your org chart will help remote workers:
Feel more connected to their team
See how their work is contributing to the growth of your company
Gain a sense of belonging within the company
Your org chart will also enhance virtual communications as remote workers use the chart to find and contact the right coworkers with a question or report.
All of the use cases listed so far will also help make your company more appealing to investors. Anyone considering backing a company wants to see:
Healthy company culture
And more than anything else, the commitment to transparency will give investors a reason to trust you.