How can you Build a more Human-Centered Org Chart?

Think back to the times that you’ve worked with a team on something really complicated. What relationships helped support the work? What colleagues did you lean on? Who learned from you?

For most of us, our networks -- the colleagues we work with, shoulder to shoulder, the people we go to for guidance, the people who come to us for support -- don't rely on a position in a hierarchy. For most of us, fulfilling and productive work comes from our relationships. 

We built this idea into the heart of the Structural org chart. 

"Org charts can inadvertently reinforce a hierarchical structure and limit the notion that “good ideas can come from anywhere.”


Organization charts have a long and established history in companies. And yet… they are a mixed bag: In one respect, org charts give you visibility to reporting relationships -- bosses, peers, team members. This can be incredibly helpful. However, they can also inadvertently reinforce a hierarchical structure and limit the notion that “good ideas can come from anywhere.”

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Good ideas can come from anywhere, but how do you quickly surface people and ideas with a traditional org chart?


At Structural, we believe that relationships and networks have more impact than hierarchy. Traditional organization charts start with the senior leader first; reinforcing the idea that hierarchies are most important. In contrast, modern work relies on a diversity of connections -- that ideas, innovation, and knowledge can come from anywhere.

"Relationships and networks have more impact than hierarchy."

Structural’s approach balances two ideas: (1) organizations need a clearly communicated reporting structure, and (2) organizations need to encourage healthy collaboration, irrespective of grade level or team size.

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A human-centered org chart encourages cross-departmental collaboration and new opportunities.
💡Collaborate on a new product concept
💡Make a new sales prospect introduction
💡Schedule a virtual coffee break and create new remote connections


To support this modern view of work, we built a human-centered organization chart that’s easy and intuitive to use. Structural’s organization chart starts with you. And you can quickly navigate to any portion of the chart from search or an individual’s profile. This helps new employees better understand how the organization works together, and where they fit in the bigger picture. You can make connections across teams and departments. You can export the org chart for your work documents and presentations, and even into Microsoft Teams. You and your colleagues are empowered to find, and be found for, internal opportunities to contribute, learn, grow, and stretch.

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A more human-centered org chart empowers individuals to find [and be found for] internal opportunities.


Of course, an org chart is only as valuable as the data in it. In Structural, you can always search on skills, interests, work experience, projects, customers, and your own custom fields. Employee profiles are automatically updated from the systems you use today including CRM, Project, HRIS, and other business data systems. You can leave behind the overhead of manually keeping org charts up-to-date -- it’s all handled automatically. 

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