Three Reasons You Need an Org Chart Now

Three Reasons You Need an Org Chart Now

To react quickly to today's rapidly changing business environment, an organization's structure and key workforce metrics need to be clearly displayed.

To react quickly to today's rapidly changing business environment, an organization's structure and key workforce metrics need to be clearly displayed and immediately accessible. Workforce initiatives confronted by corporations include the creation of new project teams, reorganizations, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions and even break ups and spin-offs. The data and planning involved can be daunting but having access to an up-to-date org chart allows companies to react efficiently to what are often complex HR projects.

Building Functioning Teams

Building cohesive teams is a key responsibility of management and a driver of company success. Lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project according to 97 percent of surveyed employees and executives. Having a clear, visual representation of team members and their connections and responsibilities can assist employees understand their roles. A badly communicated organizational structure can result in confusion, uncertainty and even a lack of accountability.

Succession Planning and Career Development

A dynamic org chart can assist in the crucial business of succession planning and career development. 78 percent of the workforce reported they would stay longer with their employer if they saw a career path with their current organization (Mercer). Having job skills and competencies hard wired into an org chart allows the HR professional to quickly identify employees who may be high performers or who are in poorly matched teams. Providing employees with a transparent organizational structure, where they are clearly able to see their place and the opportunities ahead, increases their motivation to engage.


Org charts can not only help understand and visualize the workforce composition as it stands today but can also be used to plan the various scenarios of tomorrow. Org chart software, using simple drag and drop functionality, allows HR teams to assess multiple "What-if" scenarios and auto-calculate salary and headcount and other key performance indicators. Whether reorganizing a department or opening a new plant, org charts give an enriched knowledge of the present, paving the way for a more confident vision of the future.

ADP Workforce Now¨ and OrgChart Now Combined

According to the ADP Research Institute, the typical large company operates more than 31 separate HR applications and 33 payroll systems*. Many HR systems currently lack the ability to share workforce data with each other and other core business systems. OfficeWork Software has developed the leading organizational visualization, charting and workforce modeling software, OrgChart Now. OrgChart Now integrates seamlessly with ADP Workforce Now¨ meaning employee data is instantly represented in an organizational chart without manual intervention. Create and automate powerful, intuitive organizational charts in real time with OrgChart Now available in the ADP Marketplace.

* Harnessing Big Data: The Human Capital Management Journey to Achieving Business Growth, ADP Research Institute, 2015.