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Types of Staff

Staff support to line executives may be in any of the following ways:

 a.      Personal staff: Personal staff consists of a personal assistant or adviser attached to the line executive at any level. His main function is to aid and advise the line executives as also to perform any other work assigned to him.

b.      Specialized staff: The staff in this case has expert knowledge in specific fields such as accounting, personnel management, public relations, chemical or industrial engineering, etc. For each of these functions, there may be an expert or group of experts placed under a separate department.

 c.      General staff: The staff in this case also consists of experts in different fields. But generally, this category of staff operates at higher levels and is meant to aid and advice the top management.