7 main Disadvantages of Line and Staff Organisation
(1) Line executives may start referring most of the problems to the staff officers. Further, they would pass them as they receive in the form of their orders. They would save themselves the botheration of giving their own thoughts to the staff opinion. This would defeat the purpose of the line and staff organisation.
(2) Another glaring defect of this organisation is the conflict that is very likely to arise between the line and staff authorities who do crop up at some stage or the other.
(3) Since staff has no power to control they may feel jittery and may lose the real involvement. Besides, since they have no direct responsibility they may not show real involvement.
(4) Experts and specialists often demand high wages. This would increase the cost of administration.
(5) There is often confusion about line and staff positions. We have seen that it is not possible to divide the department as line and staff departments. It depends on the relationships between the individual posts and departments. This confusion may hamper smooth working.
(6) There are chances of misinterpretation of the staff recommendations by the line officers.
(7) Line officers may try to dominate the staff officers or the reverse may happen.