Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Career Insights | 0 questions

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Running a business can be like trying to keep a number of different plates spinning. No matter how much you try to keep things settled and on an even keel, there’s always going to be an area where you’re vulnerable, and something comes crashing to the ground. For the most part, business owners are forced to spend a lot of their time coming up with continuity solutions when a plate does fall.

There are a few circumstances, however, that it’s difficult to see having any kind of continuity solution. It can be tempting to just push these thoughts to the back of your mind, and just blindly hope that you never have to figure them out.

One such scenario is half of your staff being forced to call in sick on a single day; potentially for a number of days in a row. It’s such an impossible task to try and think of a solution to, that it’s easy to just think… well, I’ll deal with it if I have to, while crossing your fingers that you never actually have to deal with it.

However, you might; especially with another winter just around the corner, bringing with it the cold and flu viruses that can wipe out half your staff. So what are the genuine options if you find yourself with a full day of business ahead, but only half of your staff?

1. Close Down and Go Home

If you’re not going to be able to run your business at full capacity, then perhaps there isn’t much point in running it at all.

Obviously, this is only a short-term measure, but it’s more feasible as a choice than you might think. It all depends on which members of staff are absent. If you can continue as normal, albeit with a lower output, then it’s worth trying to do that. If, however, you’re missing vital members of staff – supervisors, managers, without whom everyone else is treading water – then you’re going to be heating and lighting a workspace that can’t really be productive.

2. Hire In Temporary Staff

If you can’t afford to shut down for a couple of days while everyone recovers, it’s worth considering the likes of DSC personnel, who can provide temporary staff members to keep you going until your main staff are back. This is especially useful if you have an order pending that you can’t afford to be delayed, such as with manufacturing or construction industries. Provided you find temporary staff from the right agency, you should get the right people in to ensure you can continue until your regular staff are back to normal.

3. Change Focus For A Day

If you have only got to get through a short period of time without a full complement of staff, then it’s worth considering refocusing everyone who is present. Rather than trying to limp along with normal roles, trying to cover for the obvious absences, you could turn yourselves to focusing on those tasks that always need doing – but no one ever has the chance to do.

A thorough declutter of the office, for example, would be a good way to use a free day – and make life easier when everyone returns, too.