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In The Midst Of Widespread Layoffs, Here’s How Labor Hoarding Looks

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In The Midst Of Widespread Layoffs, Here's How Labor Hoarding Looks

(CTN News) – After the Great Resignation, employers should keep their top-performing employees. In addition, employers avoid layoffs during recessions.

A former CEO of, Christopher Wink, previously described labor hoarding as “the tendency for employers to reduce layoffs during economic downturns because the pandemic hiring crunch is so recent.” In other words, it happens when hiring slows, but layoffs don’t increase.

Several industries’ economic giants are cutting jobs.

Labor hoarding isn’t just a problem for big companies. Several steps companies take to prevent layoffs were explored in a recent report from Skynova, which provides invoice templates and related transaction-processing software.

It explains why small businesses are hoarding labor, how they do it, and how it has worked for them so far. From the study, here are a few highlights.

How do employers justify hoarding labor?

According to the report, 89% of 1,010 small business owners expect to continue hoarding labor in 2023. In most cases, respondents indicated that they hoarded labor in order to maintain a strong team. According to the same survey, layoffs can negatively affect the morale of their teams.

What are the skills that hoarding employers prioritize?

According to the report, some skills are more valuable to small businesses than others. A candidate’s soft skills, such as time management, leadership, and creativity may not be apparent in an interview until after a long period of employment.

Perhaps this is the reason why small business owners surveyed wanted to keep hold of these soft skills most. Additionally, they hoped to retain the following hard skills:

  • Knowledge of data

  • Automation of IT

  • Idioms

  • Analyzing the data

  • Input/output

Are small businesses able to retain desirable employees?

The majority of small business owners are willing to take a pay cut to avoid layoffs. Most respondents (three in five) also reported enacting a hiring freeze. In addition to reducing operating costs, this strategy allows a company to focus its resources on its current employees. In addition, the following methods were used to prevent layoffs:

  • The reduction of employee benefits and perks

  • Using remote work to reduce costs

  • Reducing the work week of some teammates to four days

  • Getting rid of freelancers and contractors

During the Great Resignation, many individuals left the workforce, which has resulted in businesses of all sizes focusing increasingly on retaining their workers. More than half of the company leaders surveyed reported that they paid employees more in order to retain them. Another tip for retaining employees was offered by respondents:

  • Improve employee communication

  • Communication that is transparent

  • Enhance the work environment

  • Provide remote work options

  • Ensure a healthy work environment

  • Don’t micromanage

  • Paid leave should be increased

This is the big payoff

These efforts appear to have helped the respondents retain the most desirable employees. According to those surveyed, retaining strong teams and skilled workers saved over $4,500 on average per hire.

In other words, if you can retain your best talent, you might just emerge stronger from this uncertain economic climate.


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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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