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Org Chart Templates: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Every employee, from workers on the front lines all the way to the C-suite, wants to believe their efforts are important and appreciated. Yet, a recent survey by AttaCoin found that only 53 percent of employees feel appreciated.

In a glass-half-full kind of way, that means a majority of workers feel content that they are being recognized in some way for their efforts. Pessimistically, that’s far too many unhappy, underappreciated employees that businesses are contending with. And considering that an Office Team survey, as reported by , revealed that 66 percent of underappreciated workers are willing to quit, the stakes are high for ensuring employees feel adequately valued.

To be fair, many organizations are not intentionally underappreciating their workforces. The sheer volume of work prevents employees, especially supervisors, from fully knowing who is doing what and—perhaps more importantly—who is at the heart of a successful project or successfully accomplishing a goal. Org charts and the templates they are built upon can reduce this problem, but often, they don’t help or they sometimes contribute to the problem.

Org chart templates offer an incredible way to increase employee engagement, identify opportunities, and create a culture of collaboration<, communication, and yes, appreciation. But not every org chart is created equal—the best provide incredible benefits, and the worst can be detrimental. To borrow from the Clint Eastwood classic (go ahead and whistle the theme to yourself as you read this if you want), here is a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in org chart templates:
Related: Learn how to transform your organization with a live org chart.

Org Chart Templates: The Good

Dynamic, interactive org chart templates and software deliver a range of features and conveniences to give users detailed insight into the people they work with. The good aspects of the best org charts include:

The great thing about good org chart templates is that once you become comfortable with the software (and with the best solutions, that won’t take long), you’ll use it in ways you never thought possible. For example, if you are organizing a team for a new product launch, you can build a chart that includes current employees (listing which strengths and skills they will bring to the team, as well as what development they need before joining the team) and empty slots where you may need to look outside of the company—all weeks or months before the team officially begins work.

The Bad

Now for the bad: There are some org chart templates out there that simply don’t offer the functionality you need to be successful If you see some of these negatives in a solution you are considering, don’t hesitate to look elsewhere:

Sure, some of these bad solutions may look fantastic, but you need to look beyond appearance to what an org chart truly offers in terms of functionality and ease of use. Don’t settle for an org chart that is difficult to use. Choose a solution that looks great and offers unlimited potential.

The Ugly

Be ready to avert your eyes, because here comes the ugly of org chart templates. Many companies and managers will attempt to create their own org charts from static programs such as PowerPoint, Visio, or Excel. They may even find a template online and use that to map out department structures. These options are severely lacking for many reasons:

An argument for these ugly choices is that any org chart is better than none. But that’s not true—if an org chart is consuming your time, doesn’t help with communication and collaboration, and is potentially full of outdated, erroneous information, your organization will suffer. The preferable choice is selecting an org chart template that is easy to use, includes a rich set of features, and looks great. Select the good, and you’ll wonder why you ever considered the bad or the ugly.

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Cameron Nouri
by Cameron Nouri
I am the Director of Growth at Pingboard. I consider myself an entrepreneur at heart. I love trying new things and taking educated risks on new ventures, both professionally and in my personal life. I bring that passion to work everyday where I enjoy helping others discover the power that Pingboard can unlock.