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How to use sexy org charts to score your next promotion

Written by Peter

Peter is Navigo's founder and Managing Director. Peter is passionate about building and running businesses, finding solutions to business process problems and new trends in HR Technology.

May 11, 2016

So you’re the one in charge of preparing org charts.

Ok, it’s not the traditionally glamorous job of astronaut or Hollywood actress, but you should still be getting a ton of praise and recognition for those charts! They look great! They’re super useful! They took you weeks to prepare!

Time and time again, we hear of organisations (or, more accurately, senior decision makers) who see org charts as one of those things you have to have.

Yes, they’re sort of useful. But who really looks at them or uses them for practical purposes?

Here’s 3 sexy charts that will turn – no, flip – the tables and make everyone stand up and take notice of your org charts. You’ll no longer be “that person from HR” – you’ll be the rockstar, the superhero: the creator of the sexiest, most sought-after org charts imaginable!

Sexy Chart # 1: Budgets

Budgets are boring. No one likes spending all day looking at spreadsheets. That’s why you can save the day by putting budget summaries into your org charts!

Set goals and visual alarms so you can tell who is over-budget and who is under, making it easy for managers to identify problem areas without having to manually crunch numbers themselves.

There’s nothing sexier than saving people from maths.


Sexy Chart #2: Gender Diversity

Gender reporting is becoming extremely important for Australian organisations, with many organisations still struggling to manage workplace diversity in general.


Showing the gender diversity of your organisation (and individual teams or departments) in an org chart makes it a lot easier to understand the split of your organisation at a glance.

It’s much easier (and sexier) to manage the diversity of your workforce visually, as you can really see which parts of the team are male dominated or female dominated at every level of the organisation.


Sexy Chart #3: Leave Liability

Managing accrued annual leave can be a real headache for HR. Once again – it’s time to bring your org chart to the rescue!


By setting visual alarms, you can easily see who needs to be encouraged to take a holiday. The nature of an org chart also makes it easier to see the problem departments so you can plan for mass holidays (or maybe even recognise teams that are too overworked to consider time off!).

Holidays and time off are sexy no matter what industry you’re in, so this chart is sure to be a winner.


How to use these charts to get yourself a promotion

Having sexy charts on their own won’t make you stand out.

The real key is to make your org charts:

Let’s put it into context: if Jenn from HR needs to send off her WGEA Gender Diversity reports before May 31st, she needs gender data that:

  • Has all the required info
  • Can be accessed pretty much instantly (or at the very least, well before May 31st)
  • Accurate and up to date (or she risks non-compliance)

If you cover those three areas with your Gender Diversity Chart, she’ll be rapt!

Keep this up for every decision maker in need and you’ll soon be the indispensable rockstar of your organisation.

If you’re wondering how you could possibly create these sexy charts, we have a free 14-day org chart trial of orginio – so you can start building today.




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