Using blank organizational charts can simplify the process of creating this type of diagram. You could create such a document from scratch by drawing boxes or other shapes for each position within the company and connect them by solid and dotted lines to show the hierarchy. Or, instead of creating a graphic organizer from scratch, you can use a fill-in template or a graphic organizer software application such as Visio or Inspiration to quickly and easily create a professional and appealing diagram of your company's reporting structure.
Where to Find Blank Chart Templates
If you don't have graphic software or good drawing skills, the following websites have options to help.
- At Your Business - This site features both Word and .pdf versions of organizational charts, as well as a hierarchy example you can use to create your own chart if you prefer to do so.
- Creately.com - Probably the best resource for a variety of app based charts that you can adjust online without having to download.
- DocStoc.com - There are several free blank organization chart templates you can download and use on this website.
- Microsoft.com PowerPoint - If you're organization has relatively few layers of management, the simple PowerPoint template available here may meet your needs.
- Microsoft.com Visio - Here you'll find instructions for creating your company's organizational chart using Visio. You'll find out how to set up the document to tie to a data table so that the names and positions on the chart will automatically update as new employees are hired or roles are added.
- SmartDraw.com - If you'd prefer to use a software application designed specifically for the purpose of creating professional looking organization charts, download a free trial of SmartDraw.com.