Employee Directory Pro allows to draw organization charts of two and more separate companies that have mutually exclusive reporting hierarchies.
Organization charts are created based on parent-child relationships. In other words, every child must have a parent. If there is no connecting parent, as in the case of mutually exclusive reporting hierarchies, we must create a link node.
For example, let's assume we want to show organization charts of Company B and Company C on a WordPress page. Company B and C have their own CEO and boards but legally are formed under Company A. Although there is a legal connection through Company A, Company B and C have their own distinct reporting hierarchies. Since there is no mutual parent connecting Company B and C, we cannot create an organization chart displaying reporting hierarchies of both companies without creating a link node.
A node of an organization chart represents an employee record identified by an employee number. A link node, on the other hand, is a virtual node connecting two or more parent nodes. It is not connected to an employee record. In general, link nodes represent a group of people such as customers, share holders, legal entities etc.
Follow the steps below to connect top parent nodes through a link node of an organization chart.