There are some words which conjour certain images in your mind. Organogram is one of them.
But whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably not that!
It’s actually a very quick, clever and simple way to organise structure in your business team.
Wikipedia defines it as:
An organizational chart (often called organization chart, org chart, organigram(me), or organogram) is a diagram that shows the structure of an organization and the relationships and relative ranks of its parts and positions/jobs.
What this means is, it allows you to visualise how your staff structure works.
And this is how you do it quickly, without any kind of expensive software…
1. Get a piece of paper, pencil and rubber.
2. Write your name at the top of the paper.
3. Under your name write the names of everybody in your business you directly manage. This can be full-time, part-time or ad-hoc employees.
4. Under each of their names write the names of everyone each of those people directly manage.
5. Repeat this process until you’ve got everybody who works for you on the paper.
You now have an organogram. And it’s pretty damn simple to do!
But now comes the fun part, work out who you actually need to manage directly and rub out the connecting lines from you to everyone else.
Each of the people who you’re currently managing, but no longer have a line connecting to you, now need to be managed by someone else.
Rub them out and move them to the most appropriate person.
When you’ve finished this you’ll have a diagram showing exactly who is responsible for who, the chain of command in your company and…
…you’ll have freed up your time to work on the most important aspects of your business, rather than simply running the day-to-day elements.
Simple. Effective. And pretty damn cool.