You should immediately classify your workforce in the following categories:
- Staff who are critical to your business and who can work remotely.
- Staff who can work reduced hours and can work remotely.
- Staff whose services are not needed right now (whether they could work remotely or not).
- Staff who cannot work remotely.
You can take different approaches to these different categories of employees. This will help you to keep your business open without wasting too much of what precious cash you have left.
|1||Staff who are critical to your business and who can work remotely.||For them, it is business as usual. They do their work per their job specification or any new responsibilities you have given them.|
|2||Staff who can work reduced hours and can work remotely.||You can put these employees on short time.|
|3||Staff whose services are not needed right now (whether they could work remotely or not).||You can do a temporary lay off.|
|4||Staff who cannot work remotely.||You can do a temporary lay off.|
Of course, given the uncertainty of the duration crisis and the strain that businesses are under, permanent retrenchment may come into play. If you do not believe that your business will recover in time, you can start the retrenchment process at the same time as short time and temporary layoffs.