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10 departments you’ll find at work ๐Ÿข

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10 departments you’ll find at work

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

It can be quite scary starting a job. ๐Ÿ˜จ

There are so many new people to meet – so many departments and different job titles. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ผ

But what do these departments actually do?๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Why are they important?

Here are 10 common departments that you’ll probably come across in a new job!

1. Executive Team ๐Ÿ‘‘

The executive team are the group of people that manage and lead the organization. ๐Ÿ‘‘Members of the team can include the:

  • CEO – Chief Executive Officer๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ(in charge of overall organisation)
  • CFO – Chief Financial Officer ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ’ฐ (in charge of finance)
  • COO – Chief Operating Officer ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ (in charge of day-to-day work/operations)
  • CISO – Chief Information Security Officer ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ (in charge of security)
  • and other “executives”.

The executive team is responsible for making decisions about the company’s overall direction and management. ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

They are also in charge of overseeing day-to-day work as well as managing money, people, and things the organisation owns. ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿข

2. Marketing ๐Ÿ”Š

Usually every job or organisation has something to offer people. ๐Ÿค

Organisations can offer people:

  • Services e.g. hairdressing is a service, ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™€๏ธ or
  • a product for someone to buy e.g. buying a hairbrush from a shop ๐Ÿชฅ

Marketing teams are responsible for advertising/promoting the organisation and what services/products they offer. ๐Ÿ”Šโœจ

They are also in charge of choosing what ways to promote an organisation.

They could promote the organisation using things like:

  • Social media ๐Ÿ“ฑ
  • TV advertising ๐Ÿ“บ
  • Radio advertising ๐Ÿ“ป
  • Print e.g. leaflets, newspaper articles ๐Ÿ“ฐ
  • Influencer marketing (using influencers to promote the business) ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿคณ

3. Sales ๐Ÿ’ต

A sales team is a group of people who are in charge of selling products or services. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’ธ

The sales team all work together to reach the same goal – to sell as many products as possible. ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ต

Sales teams are an important part of any organisation because they help them grow, support more customers, and hopefully make more money!๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ธ

4. Procurement ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Have you ever wanted to do shopping for a living? ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ›’

This is what procurement teams do! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ณ

Procurement teams are responsible for buying products and services for an organization. They are usually in charge of:

  • Deciding who to buy from๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ฐ
  • Negotiating prices ๐Ÿค
  • Deciding what to buy ๐Ÿ’ธ
  • Arranging contracts ๐Ÿ“œ
  • Deciding how much to spend ๐Ÿ’ณ
  • Making sure that they buy really good quality things ๐Ÿ”Ž

5. Human Resources (HR) ๐Ÿ’ž

Human resources (HR) teams look after the humans in organisations. ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘

They help with things like:

  • advertising new jobs and recruiting people for them ๐Ÿ”Š
  • deciding who gets job offers for a new job ๐Ÿค
  • training and developing people ๐Ÿ†
  • overseeing new staff ๐Ÿ‘‹
  • reviewing employee pay๐Ÿ’ธ
  • managing staff when they leave their job ๐Ÿšช
  • advising on relationship difficulties in teams ๐Ÿ’ฃ
  • supporting wellbeing for staff ๐Ÿ’ž
  • deciding what benefits employees get like holidays and flexible working hours ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

6. Tech Support ๐Ÿ’ป

These days pretty much every workplace uses technology ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ปโš™๏ธ

The more we rely on technology for work, the more we rely on tech support teams. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Tech support teams are responsible for things like:

  • Helping staff with their computers ๐Ÿ“ž
  • Setting up technology like Wi-Fi, computers, and phones for you to use ๐Ÿ“ถ
  • Fixing tech issues ๐Ÿ”ง
  • Teaching people how to use technology ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ
  • Deciding what technology everyone in the organisation uses ๐Ÿค”
  • Making sure technology runs smoothly ๐Ÿงˆ

7. Finance/Payroll ๐Ÿงพ

Who wants to be in charge of the money??๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Finance teams are responsible things like:

  • making sure that the organisation has enough money to function and grow. ๐ŸŒฑโš™๏ธ
  • keeping track of how much money the company has ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • finding ways to increase the money the organisation has ๐Ÿ“ˆ
  • trying to predict how much money the organisation will have in the future ๐Ÿ”ฎ
  • finding ways for the organisation to save money ๐Ÿ“‰

8. Legal ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ

There are sooo many different laws that organisations have to follow ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ

Legal teams are responsible for things like:

  • giving advice about legal issues ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • making sure that the company is following the law ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ
  • Writing contracts, agreements, and other legal documents โœ๏ธ
  • Negotiating contracts with customers or people selling things to the organisation๐Ÿค
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest laws โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฐ

9. Information Security ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

Information is sooo valuable to organisations, so they need to protect it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ

Security teams are responsible for protecting companies from people doing things like:

  • accessing secret information without permission ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ“„
  • using secret information for bad things ๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • telling other people secret information without permission ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฌ
  • disrupting the business e.g. the website getting hacked ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ’ฃ
  • changing/modifying information without permission โœ๏ธ๐Ÿคซ
  • destroying information without permission ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“œ

Information security teams protect the business by doing things like:

  • securing office buildings and computer systems ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ”’
  • tracking where important information is stored ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ‘€
  • creating rules for employees to follow to protect information ๐Ÿ“œโœ๏ธ
  • paying “ethical hackers” to try and hack into the company (so they can learn where they might be vulnerable) ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ˜Ž
  • monitoring and scanning computer systems for any vulnerabilities ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • making sure that the company follows data protection laws ๐Ÿง‘โ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ”
  • writing “disaster recovery” plans to follow in case of an emergency ๐Ÿš’๐ŸŒช๏ธ
  • teaching employees how to keep information safe ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿคซ

10. Facilities/Office Management ๐Ÿข

Offices don’t look after themselves! ๐Ÿข

Facilities teams are responsible for providing offices with things like:

  • Maintenance/repairs ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ’ก
  • equipment and office supplies ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ๐Ÿ–‡๏ธ๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿงป
  • furniture ๐Ÿช‘๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ
  • grounds/gardens โ›ฒ๐ŸŒณ
  • reception ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ
  • cleaning ๐Ÿงน๐Ÿงฝ
  • water ๐Ÿ’ฆ
  • food services ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ
  • security guards๐Ÿ’‚โ€โ™€๏ธ

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

10 departments you can find at work are:

  1. Executive Team ๐Ÿ‘‘
  2. Marketing ๐Ÿ”Š
  3. Sales ๐Ÿ’ต
  4. Procurement ๐Ÿ›๏ธ
  5. Human Resources (HR) ๐Ÿ’ž
  6. Tech Support ๐Ÿ’ป
  7. Finance/Payroll ๐Ÿงพ
  8. Legal ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ
  9. Information Security ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  10. Facilities/Office Management ๐Ÿข

Hopefully you’re feeling more confident about knowing what departments there are at work.

If you know any friends or family members who might benefit from learning about different departments, feel free to share it with them! ๐Ÿ“ฑ

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