If your company's revenue starts to falter, payroll may be a place you look for spending cuts. But before opting for layoffs as a quick and easy means of recovering profitability, consider this: the decision to lay off employees carries its own set of costs.
For example, the more people who are laid off, the more remaining employees may find reasons to seek employment elsewhere. If skilled and productive workers leave the company, product quality and customer service may suffer. Those left behind may feel overworked and suffer from diminished morale, which can lead to production errors. Certain direct costs, such as severance pay and unemployment insurance rates, may actually increase. And when business picks up again, your company may incur additional costs to hire and train new employees. In the long run, layoffs may actually hurt profitability.
So before taking steps to reduce the size of your workforce, consider these five alternatives for reducing payroll and overhead expenses:
Above all, keep your staff in the loop. Let them know why you're making changes. Communicate the benefits of any short-term cuts, and stress your desire to avoid layoffs whenever possible.
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