Human Resource Flowchart Key Terms

Business.com / HR Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

For the human resource professional trying to standardize workflow processes, the use of flow diagrams, flowchart templates and process ...

For the human resource professional trying to standardize workflow processes, the use of flow diagrams, flowchart templates and process mapping can aid in this effort. Understanding human resource flowchart key terms provides the flexibility to explain company practices for training purposes, analyze in-house daily operational methods for consultations, or adapt innovative procedures offered by industry peers.

Flow diagram

A flow diagram is the arrangement of data units, designated symbols and flow lines with arrows to display each step in a transaction, task or procedure. Theis visual representation charts the progression of a work related function or practice.

Trigger and target point

Trigger defines the first step or action in a process, task or procedure. It is the identified starting place that begins each data unit in the flowchart. The target point is the concluding deed in a chain of events listed on the chart.

Flowchart templates

Flowchart templates are prefabricated layouts designed to assist human resource personnel in creating flowcharts. These ready-made patterns provide symbols, shapes, flow lines and arrows to delineate sequential steps for organizational charts.

Symbols

Flowcharting uses basic geometric shapes and cut-outs to define types of action, decision making points, and the start or end of a process step. Certain figures, or symbols, are common communication tools to indicate industry standards for flowchart data, equations or workflow tasks.

Process mapping

Process mapping is a visual illustration of a work-related process that utilizes symbols for each action, detail, step or task.

Deployment or matrix flow chart

The linear chart is the most commonly used flowchart, but deployment or matrix flowcharts are a primary variation used to provide necessary detail to fully convey the process, method, tasks and who handles the tasks.

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