A workplace without employees to do the actual work cannot function. That’s pretty obvious, yet sometimes management fails to recognize the warning signs and all of a sudden find themselves with a non-functioning business, simply because there’s isn’t enough employees to do the work.
Especially in a small workplace, things can get out of hand pretty quickly. If a handful of employees quit taking jobs elsewhere, the workload on the ones remaining will escalate rapidly. Management has to act fast to find new employees, to avoid a vicious cycle of more and more people leaving.
When the number of employees goes below the critical threshold of not being able to keep up with the work, things have really gotten out of hand. The workload is way too high and there’s no way to keep up, things are just added to the pile. Forget all about implementing new interesting ideas, everyone is busy just surviving the day. The heavy workload might be tolerable for a while, but with no relief in sight, there’s a huge risk that employees either decide to abandon ship or get stress-related disorders.
When the number of employees is so few, recruiting new ones becomes difficult. Who wants to start working in a dysfunctioning organization with weak management? Hiring people in bulk is the only solution, but running a company with a lot of new recruits slows down productivity. It might even cause the company to go bankrupt.
Management has to constantly be on their toes. To take action before things go too far. To plan ahead. To enable an atmosphere of creativity and innovation. To avoid vacancies that lower production. To make sure that knowledge is passed on before employees quit or retire.
A strong, insightful and proactive management is vital for a business to thrive. Make sure you have one.