Best Practices for Google Organizational Unit (OU) Structures

We’re often asked for best practices on how to set up and manage user accounts in the Google Admin Console. I sought the expertise of Gaggle’s Jason Livezey, System Support Manager, and asked:

What is the most important best practice for those setting up and managing accounts in Google?

The answer was simple: Don’t overcomplicate your Organizational Unit (OU) structure.

Often, industrious members of technology departments will over-organize their OUs, creating layers of structure simply for the sake of detailed organization. Organizational Units should never be set up for the sake of organization, but rather only for the sake of a specific purpose. For instance, if you’re going to apply different apps, services or compliance rules to different users, then OUs have a purpose and make sense. If you cannot foresee such circumstances, there’s no point in creating them.

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