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Chapter 10. Visualizing an Organization > Understanding Organization Charts in ...

Understanding Organization Charts in Visio

Organization charts are a special type of flowchart that displays a hierarchy. You could create an organization chart with the flowchart shapes or by drawing rectangles and the lines between them, but with the Organization Chart template in Visio, you can take advantage of several very efficient features:

  • Use the drop-on-top feature To create a chart, you simply drag an employee shape on top of a manager shape to create a reporting relationship and the connector between the shapes.

  • Let Visio arrange shapes for you You can rearrange branches of a chart and adjust spacing without dragging shapes. Just choose from a variety of layout styles, and then let Visio arrange it for you.

  • Keep employee information in sync Visio keeps track of employees in your chart. You can move a department or section to a new page and keep the information in sync with other pages that include the same employees.

  • Use the Organization Chart Wizard If your organizational information is stored in a database, you can use the Organization Chart Wizard to import the employee data and automatically generate a chart.


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