Add Dotted Line to Organization Chart

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Part 1: Solid and Dotted Line Reporting Relationship

Lines in an organization chart can be in the form of solid lines or dotted lines. A dotted line is also called a broken line or a dashed line. They represent different types of reporting relationships. The line's weight is meant to represent the level of power and influence of the different managers.

  1. The solid line reporting relationship is similar to a traditional line management role. The solid line manager tends to look after the goal setting and performance evaluation processes. In the event of a dispute, individuals will tend to defer to this manager. The solid line role is often given to either the functional manager or a manager who is geographically close to the individual, which is to make supervision easier.
  2. The dotted line relationship is weaker than solid line relationship. The dotted line manager still has rights to certain parts of the individual's time and attention and usually set some goals.

For example, the special assistant to the CEO also reports to the board of directors. The assistant's direct supervisor is CEO. The reporting relationship between the assistant and board of directors is represented by the dotted line in the organizational chart.

Another example is the reporting relationship between the HR director and managers from other departments.

Dotted Line Relationship

Part 2: How to Add Dotted Line To an Organization Chart

In our organization chart program, you can easily add a dotted line. Follow these steps to add a dotted line to an organization chart.

Step 1: Switch to Home tab, click Connector and then choose a connector style.

choose a connector style

Step 2: Draw a connector between the two shapes that have a dotted line reporting relationship.

draw a connector

Step 3: Click Line to show the dropdown menu. Move your cursor down and rest it above Dashes. Choose your desired style of the dotted line.

choose your desired style of the dotted line

Step 4: Choose an end type.

choose an end type

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