My interactive org chart - who, where and why

I was recently tweeting with a fellow elearning enthusiast who suggested that I added the interactive organisation chart on my portfolio page to the Articulate Learning challenge on org charts. I didn't even realise there was one! 

I designed this org chart before I left my last full time position. The brief was to create a simple org chart template that could be used to replace the companies existing, static org chart. Once the content had been added, each team's org chart would then be uploaded to the company LMS to become part of an onboarding module accessible to new starters during their first week.

One of the most challenging aspects to starting a new role is becoming familiar with your new colleagues. Even after having been at a new job for a few months, if you are working in company where there are hundreds of employees (my last company grew quickly from less than 500 to over 2,000 staff within 3 years due to a series of acquisitions), it is very difficult to familiarise yourself with those in other departments.

A name, job title and photo is a good start - your average company org chart will look that. But we all have a device in our pocket that has the ability to record a quick video, so provided there is a simple process for staff to submit their videos to the Elearning designer, a quick video to introduce each employee is a much more engaging way for other staff to learn about their colleagues.

Each video comes in at under a minute, which is more than enough to time to share their role at the company, a bit about their background and maybe some fun facts that can act as an icebreaker when you initiate a conversation with that person. 

You'll notice in this example that I've actually used some quite posh green screen videos - these were actually videos that we needed to introduce an online training course on our LMS, but worked quite well in this demo. I actually think a smartphone video would be really great and would reduce the chance of new starters not being added to the org chart because there was no cameraman available. Reducing the barriers to supporting a module like this in the future is essential for the success of an org chart of this type being embraced by the organisation. 

I'm sure I'm not the first person to incorporate video introductions into an org chart, but I really love the concept. I hope you like the design - I'm happy to share the Storyline file if you would like to build something similar. Please contact me at ant@elearningarchitect.co.uk if you would like a copy of the Storyline file and I will send you a Dropbox link. 

When I have time I will be adding a templates section to this website, so will add it there eventually too!  

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Ant Pugh

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