Organizational Chart Template
Create a visual guide to the structure of your organization.
About the Org Chart template
What is an organizational chart?
An organizational chart, or org chart, is a visual diagram that illustrates who is on your team, whom they report to, and what roles they play. In addition to showing connections between your employees, your team can also use an org chart to represent connections between different departments or organizational functions.
When to use an organizational chart
Organizational charts have a variety of uses and are deployed by teams in different situations, from bringing on new employees to organizing a management structure for an upcoming project.
Onboarding new employees
Onboarding new team members and employees is the perfect time to construct your team’s organizational chart. Having a flowchart that plots out company structure and the chain of command will help team members understand reporting relationships, their role, and how they fit into the broader scheme of the organization.
Beginning a project
Also, when embarking on a long, complex project, you will inevitably hit roadblocks and obstacles. Org charts can help your team meet those challenges together by establishing a clear structure within which the project will be managed. They also can help different departments understand who has various responsibilities and when cross-team integration is necessary.
4 types of organizational charts
1. Functional top-down
A functional, top-down organizational chart is most typical in a traditional business structure. The C-Suite sits at the top, followed by senior management, middle management, and so on. The chart is divided into familiar departments like IT, finance, human resources, marketing, sales, and operations. Teams and individuals with similar skill sets are grouped together.
A divisional organizational chart is used by companies that are organized along product lines or geography. For example, in a computer company, the divisions may consist of hardware, software, and so on. Each division then has its own divisional structure such as marketing and human resources.
A matrix organizational chart is for companies in which employees are divided into teams based on the product they’re working on, who also report to a functional manager. These companies operate cross-functionally instead of within vertical silos. Many companies use a matrix organizational structure to foster collaboration and open communication.
A flat organizational structure contains little to no hierarchy. There are few or zero levels of management between executives and employees. This type of structure, although rare, empowers individuals and teams to self-manage.
4 steps to create your own org chart
Start by selecting Miro’s simple premade organizational chart template.
Step 1: Choose a structure
Determine the organizational structure that you want to portray: is it hierarchical or more of a matrix? Do individuals have multiple roles? Which departments are going to participate?
Step 2: Sketch out roles in the structure
Use the template to sketch out the roles and job titles that each individual will play in the organization. Make sure you include every person, team, and department necessary, and determine their place according to the initial structure you chose.
Step 3: Plot connections between roles
Now, use lines to plot the various flows of responsibility between each individual, team, and department. When diagramming these connections, make sure to be specific about who is reporting to whom, what each person’s role or tasks are, and when they may need to interact with other teams or departments.
Step 4: Iterate as necessary
Customize any elements you’d like, changing the sizes, shapes, and colors. You may want to use colors or shapes to indicate levels of authority or department. Easily add photos or other images to visually represent each person. And invite your coworkers to collaborate with you. Any changes they make to the chart will be reflected in real time.
FAQs about organizational charts
What is the purpose of an organizational chart?
The purpose of an organizational chart is to sketch out and clearly define the various roles in an organization, and then plot the connections between these roles. This includes who each individual or team is reporting to and what tasks they’re responsible for.
How do I make an organizational chart?
To make an organizational chart, you first list out the individuals, teams, and departments involved in the organization. Then, you define their roles in the organization and sketch out how these roles interact, with a focus on the chain of command.
Organizational Chart Template
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