Organization Structure

Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency

Whether you work for a tech startup, a small business, or a giant multinational corporation, organizational structure is so critical that we often take it for granted.

Structure not only allows the organization to run smoothly; it also helps to prescribe how the organization works. In fact, Organizational structure can help dictate culture, values, and success.

“Structure is actually one of the most important parts of a company,” Louis Carter, founder and CEO of the Best Practice Institute and author of In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace, tells Dropbox. “When a company implements the right structure, key objectives and key results result. Structure also helps create culture, and when the culture is such that people enjoy being together in the workplace, incredible things happen.”

An organization can be defined as an entity comprising multiple people who work towards a common goal and are connected to the external environment. Thus, an organizational structure is a visual diagram of an organization that describes what individuals do, who they report to, and how decisions are made.

You know the one – the all-powerful founder, CEO or CEO builds a team around him; this team hires managers to lead different areas of the business, and those managers hire individual contributors to perform day-to-day tasks.

Imagine a bee colony that can consist of up to 80,000 bees. The pristine, precise octagonal grid of its honeycomb hive, the wealth of golden nectar, and the survival of each bee depends on the structure, coordination, and communication within the colony. Queen, worker, hornet: each bee has a clearly defined role.

Bees use pheromones, imperceptible chemical signals and “dances” to communicate. Body composition and age determine roles and hierarchies. Similarly, most businesses define roles, titles, and communication channels to divide responsibilities and power structures and keep the organization afloat.

Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.

Christina Scalise.


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