It seems like no matter what time of the year, businesses are in a constant fight against reduced workforces. The holiday season, flu season, spring break and summer vacations seem to be major pain points for businesses in any industry. For employers, you might be wondering how you can successfully mitigate the risk of a business disruption caused by a reduced workforce. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to assist you in trying to mitigate a reduced workforce without having to be the boss that never lets anyone have time off.

Business Disruptions Caused by a Reduced Workforce

You might be thinking, “one day with a reduced workforce can’t hurt,” but it really can – especially for small businesses. If you have a sales team of 6 people and 3 of them are on vacation, you can guarantee that’s going to impact sales for that day. However, there are many other ways in which a reduced workforce can negatively impact your business. Here are a few examples:

  • Loss of sales
  • Poor customer service
  • Inability to meet deadlines
  • Loss of productivity for remaining employees

Reducing Your Reduced Workforce

Whether it’s a road trip to Grandma’s house for Christmas, the whole office unexpectedly out with the flu or a hurricane blowing through causing employees to evacuate, no business is immune to experiencing a reduced workforce. Don’t worry, though. Regardless of the reason for the reduced workforce, you can mitigate it. Remember to also look after employee well-being to make sure temporary absence does not become permanent. If you need help figuring out how to do this, you could look at Together mentoring software to see how it could help your business to thrive.

Here are a few helpful tips when trying to mitigate a reduced workforce:

  • Cross-train your employees so if someone is out of the office, their absence doesn’t impact business operations.
  • Implement a work-from-home policy to ensure at least some work is getting done even if an employee is unable to be physically present.
  • Be cautious of the number of employees you let take time off at once. An easy way to ensure you are always fully staffed is to have a “first come, first served” policy when it comes to requesting time off. This is a great way to prevent employees taking off last minute.
  • Ensure you have back-ups for your crisis team so you are never left in a bad spot during an emergency situation.

To help you and your business begin planning around a reduced workforce, download the Preparis “Reduced Workforce Tabletop” exercise.

Learn more on how Preparis can help your business prioritize preparedness by requesting a demo today.

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