You might be interested in investing in an organizational chart for your company, but finding that you’re having trouble building your case. One place to start is our 8 Step Guide to Selecting Org Chart Software. Once you decide what you’re looking for, start to build your ROI case. To determine the ROI of an org chart, focus on how to provide the most organizational value across all of your organization’s departments/teams.
We’ll cover the following:
- The definition of an org chart
- How to consider org chart software cost vs. value
- How to ensure that your org chart provides values across all departments
What is an org chart?
Organizational charts, also often referred to as hierarchy charts, are visual representations of an organization’s structure and how each individual interlinks with another. At the very least, an org chart will display names and titles with reporting lines to illustrate reporting relationships. However, org charts are starting to evolve past simple boxes and lines. An org chart that delivers on investment should contain the following information:
- A headshot
- Contact information
- Direct reports
- Indirect reports
- And a profile link
Employees should be able to take one look at the org chart and quickly understand how they relate to their peers, leaders, and more. Most importantly, it should be a tool that employees can leverage to better understand and navigate their organizations.
Org chart software cost vs. value
Traditionally, org charts were mainly used by Human Resources and business leaders in order to maintain an accurate picture of their organizations, and it was up to HR to manually update the org chart. Often resorting to creating org charts within PowerPoint or Excel. However, the modern org chart, and one that delivers on its investment, is one that should be used and provide value across all departments.
[Related article: What Can the Modern Org Chart Do For Your Employees?]
There’s no cut and dry ROI equation that can be used to calculate the value an organization will see relative to the cost of the org chart software, however, there are some logical assumptions and some clear organizational benefits to consider.