Add Dotted Line to Organization Chart

Adding dotted lines to an organization chart is a snap in our diagram program. With advanced formatting tools, you can make an outstanding org chart faster than ever.

Solid and Dotted Line Reporting Relationship

Lines in an organization chart can be in the forms of solid line or dotted line. The dotted line is also referred to as broken line or dashed line. They represent different types of reporting relationship. The weight of the line 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 and in the event of a dispute is the manager to whom the individual will tend to defer. The solid line role is often given to either the functional manager or a manager who is geographically close to the individual. This is aimed for easier oversight.
  2. The dotted line relationship is weaker than solid line relationship. The dotted line manager still has a formal right to some part of the individual's time and attention and will usually set some goals.

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

Another example is the reporting relationship between Human Resources director and mangers from other departments.

Dotted Line Relationship

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.

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

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

Step 4: Choose no arrow style under Line.

Add  a Dotted Line to Org Chart

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