Advantages of Appropriate Span of Control
The Span of Control should not be too wide (large) or too narrow (small). If the span is too wide, then the personal supervision is difficult and the control will be ineffective. On the other hand, if the span is too narrow, then there will be excessive (too much) supervision of the subordinates. This will affect their work. So it is desirable to select an appropriate (proper) span of control.
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An appropriate span of control gives the following benefits to the organisation.
1. Better supervision and control
If there is an appropriate span of control, then the superior will have a limited number of subordinates under him. This will result in better supervision and control.
2. Increases efficiency
An appropriate span of control results in better supervision and control. This increases the efficiency, productivity and profitability of the organisation.
3. Increases goodwill
An appropriate span of control increases the efficiency of the organisation. Therefore, they distribute good quality goods and services at fair prices to the customers. They also give high rate of dividend to the shareholders. All this increases the goodwill of the organisation.
4. Good professional relations
If there is an appropriate span of control, then the superiors and subordinates will get time to develop close and good professional relations between themselves.
5. Team spirit and morale
An appropriate span of control creates good relations between superiors and subordinates. This improves the team spirit and morale of the employees.
6. Good communication and co-ordination
If there is an appropriate span of control, then superiors will get time to communicate with every single subordinate. This will improve the communication in the organisation. Good communication results in good co-ordination. Therefore, an appropriate span of control results in good communication and co-ordination.
7. Facilitates quick action
An appropriate span of control results in good professional relations, better communication and co-ordination. This facilitates quick action in the organisation.
8. Less labour absenteeism and turnover
An appropriate span of control helps to decrease the labour absenteeism and turnover in the organisation.
9. Develops discipline and mutual trust
An appropriate span of control helps to develop discipline and mutual trust.
10. Superiors can concentrate on important work
If there is an appropriate span of control, then the superior will get time to concentrate on important work. However, if the span of control is very wide, then the superior will have to spend most of his time on supervising and controlling his subordinates.