Management Matters –Is it Time to Revamp Your Department?

As the end of the year comes into view, do you find yourself wishing you could just destroy your existing department, eliminate the old organizational chart and start out with a fresh, clean piece of paper upon which you could simply start over from scratch?

What is stopping you?


  • Your department or division is not running as efficiently as it could (or should);
  • Folks are in crisis;
  • Cuts to people, positions and budgets have left things unrecognizable;
  • People are doing more than one job (but for only one paycheck for 40-60 hours/week)

Then you should seriously think about a departmental redesign.

This is not something that can be done overnight or in a one-day off-site retreat. However – there ARE things to do and ways to create a fresh approach. You don’t have to limp into 2020 with a tired team and an ineffective methodology and structure for accomplishing departmental/divisional goals.

You will need to pay close attention to:

  • Creating senior-level support and genuine buy-in for a departmental reorganization
  • Designing a departmental structure that can meet organizational strategic goals and objectives
  • Using departmental policies, procedures, and process to model organizational change
  • Developing flexible job descriptions that demand needed skill sets now AND can evolve over time
  • Building a collaborative team of individual star performers
  • Attracting, selecting, hiring, and mentoring key staff
  • Identifying similar as well as complimentary teams and skill sets in other departments that will complement and extend the impact of your department
  • Evolving toward your ideal departmental structure even if you cannot start from scratch

Redesigning a department is not simple or easy so don’t view it as a panacea. You may make mistakes and missteps. Success lies in a departmental structure that is tied tightly to your company's strategic goals and objectives. You will have to walk the talk for a lot longer than you may think, but your ability to execute a successful departmental redesign can build credibility within your organization.

Joni Daniels is Principal of Daniels & Associates, a management training and development consulting practice that specializes in developing human resources in the areas of leadership and management training, interpersonal effectiveness and efficiency, skill- building, and organizational development interventions. With over 25 years of experience, she is a sought after resource for Fortune 500 clients, professional organizations, higher education, media outlets and business publications. Joni can be reached at

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