How to Evaluate Organizational Structure

by Nathan Wohner; Updated September 26, 2017
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An organizational structure is the overall practice of a business, implemented to achieve a primary goal. The structure lays out employee job descriptions, the nature of communication throughout the company, and a strategic method to maximize productivity. With changing times, an organizational structure constantly has to be modified for competitive advantage.

Instructions

Step 1

Spend a few days observing employees and the equipment they use to do their jobs. Make note of how much time it takes them to complete one task and move on to the next. Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of each employee.

Step 2

Evaluate your company's level of communication. How much access do your employees have to their managers and supervisors? What is nature of their relationship? How quickly and effectively is information shared throughout your company?

Step 3

Interview your employees to find out what they think of your company's organizational structure. Ask them specific questions about how they feel about the way your business is run. Encourage them to offer suggestions that would improve operations.

Step 4

Identify which aspects of your business process need to be changed, drawing on the results of your evaluation and employee interviews.

Step 5

Revise your company's organizational structure. The new paradigm should incorporate employee suggestions as it defines jobs, sets out communication guidelines, and attempts to maximize productivity.

Tips

  • If confidentiality is important, place a suggestion box outside of your manager's office where anonymous recommendations can be submitted.

Warnings

  • Be sure to evaluate your business structure at least once a year. The world of daily business is fluid, and changes can be felt in your internal processes before you're aware of it.

About the Author

Nathan Wohner has been an active writer since writing and editing his high school and college newsletters. He has an associate's degree in paralegal studies from Bryant Stratton College and is pursuing a degree in English form the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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