TEARING UP THE ORG CHART Never before have there been so many unprecedented and innovative approaches to organising people and structuring organisations.
Is the traditional org chart set to become a thing of the past? Traditionally, a one-size-fits-all, top-down structure was assumed to be the most efficient. But things are changing fast. We’ve already seen how the new workplace has opened up to fresh models of collaboration, openness and information sharing. This evolution has been slowly happening for the last decade, and is being further driven by Millennials who, as we’ve seen, value a high level of autonomy and expect to have a say in decisions that affect them. It’s also being shaped by new visions of leadership, which means fewer middle managers and more empowered employees.
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Mix in the technological innovations which mean employees can work from anywhere, and there’s a serious argument for ripping up the org chart and starting again. Some of the approaches we’re talking about are experimental and still evolving, and we’re certainly not at the stage yet where traditional hierarchical organisations no longer exist. However, forward-thinking companies are already changing shape and flattening out. This not only reflects the new business reality, but is a bid to find the structure that gives them the best competitive edge for the future.