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Managing the downturn: A 13-step plan to avoid layoffs

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by Howard Stewart

We were lucky enough at AGM Container Controls to have a good period of growth during the most recent recession, so we didn’t have to lay off any employees. In fact, we haven’t laid off anyone for 20 years.

It hasn’t been easy. We’ve gone through times when we were tempted to lay people off, and we had to come up with reasons not to do it. That has helped us in the long run.

Now, I’ve made it official policy to follow a 13-step plan to avoid layoffs in the future. Here they are:

1. Hire a new employee only when we can see a long-term demand for the person’s service. Otherwise, we’ll make do with the people we have by using compulsory and voluntary overtime to avoid hiring.

2. Cross-train employees, so if a specific product line or department is slow, we can move employees to a more productive area of the company.

3. Continually communicate with employees about projected downturns in business so they can pre...(register to read more)

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