How Should An Organisation Be Structured?
- To deliver effective and efficient performance of the organisation.
- To monitor the activities of the organisation in a user-friendly manner.
- To provide accountability of staff in meeting their objectives.
- To co-ordinate and deliver effective performance.
- Be Flexible enough to allow key targets to be met.
Is the structure good? Some painful but necessary questions.
- Does the structure exist without the personalities we employ currently?
- How does the “informal” organisation colour how performance is delivered?
- People modify the organisation by working inside it – how “people-proof” is the structure?
Organisational levels and their importance.
- Organisations have three layers.
- Technical Layer– specific operational work and goals achieved.
- Managerial Layer – co-ordination and integration of the work at the Technical level.
- Community Layer – broad objectives and the interaction with the wider community (public, MOJ, central government).
- Are there sufficient resources at all three Levels to meet your Objectives?
- Are some Layers too heavily resourced? Do you need to re-allocate resources?
Key Organisational Principles.
- Group activities by SPECIALISATION.
- Does the structure deliver the core business?
- Is every member of each Department as far as possible just doing one key task?
- Does the structure deliver unity of effort everywhere?
- Are there clear lines of authority for every Department?
- Clear and freely available role descriptions available for all areas to see?
- Does responsibility and authority correspond in all posts?
- Span of control – no more than 6 posts.
- Is the structure balanced?