Time to squash the flat organization (Editor's Notes)

Flattened hierarchies don't work – and they're creating potential problems down the road
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2014

There’s an old saying in journalism that two is a coincidence but three is a trend.

So far I only have evidence of a coincidence, but two friends of mine in supervisory roles at different organizations in Ontario have recently gone through restructurings that left them with zero direct reports.

The policies were slightly different but essentially they were blanket decisions — cast down from above — that if you didn’t have a certain number of direct reports, then all your employees would instead report directly to your boss.