As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe, businesses — from national chains to mom-and-pop shops — have been forced to re-evaluate how to keep their business afloat while protecting their hourly employees.
Whether your business has seen a spike in revenue or you’re contemplating closing your doors to ride it out, here are some ways you can support your employees during this difficult time. And as an added bonus, we’ll also have recommendations on how your employees can get creative with their cashflow.
1. Grant paid time off
Perhaps your city has a “shelter in place” mandate or you just want to take precautionary steps to protect your team. Granting your employees their full paid time off or offering extended paid time off will help them stay afloat should they have to self-quarantine.
Krogers announced it will pay any current part-time and full-time employees for 14 days that are forced to quarantine at home or have been diagnosed with coronavirus. While Chipotle announced some of its corporate employees will receive unlimited PTO.
2. Furlough your staff instead of laying them off
What’s the difference between a furlough and a layoff?
A furlough is considered to be an alternative to layoff. When an employer furloughs its employees, it requires them to work fewer hours or to take a certain amount of unpaid time
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, furloughed several employees, from housekeeping to general managers.
In Australia, eligible employees can apply for JobKeeper, stimulus package to help bridge the gap created by COVID-19.
3. Establish an emergency relief fund
Some businesses may or may not be able to provide their staff with consistent schedules during this time so another alternative is an emergency relief fund. Take, for example, Amazon, who has set up a relief fund with a $25 million contribution to support delivery service partners and drivers along with Amazon Flex participants and seasonal employees.
No matter how small or large the fund, it won’t go unnoticed by your employees who will appreciate any help you provide during these difficult times.
4. Make a schedule that meets business needs without overstaffing
When it comes to scheduling, you need the right staff, at the right times, across different roles or locations. Take the guesswork out of scheduling by letting artificial intelligence do the heavy lifting for you.
AI can track metrics like sales, foot traffic, and table reservations to determine the right number of employees you should have working at any given time. That way, you reduce staff costs while keeping customers happy.
5. Integrate with your payroll solutions
When you’re looking to save costs, make sure you’re paying your employees accurately. One of the best ways to do that is to ensure your workforce management system integrates with your payroll.
Streamline your business admin to ease the pressure of managing your team in stressful times. Focus on attending to your customers — not having to reduce your staff.
Run your business more efficiently
As COVID-19 forces more communities to take precautions, restaurants, bars, and other gathering places bear the economic brunt. Now is the perfect time to revisit your cost reduction strategies so you can keep your doors open and help your employees pay their bills.
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