With all the downsizing and layoffs in the last year or so, I’ve started to think alot about the effects on small businesses who have been forced to layoff employees. While these layoffs are typically not as publicly known, in many ways they can have a much higher level of impact.
The first impact that might be felt is that of the U.S. economy overall from the collective small business layoffs since small businesses are responsible for between 70% and 80% of U.S. jobs. With small businesses being at the forefront of the banking trauma going on in recent months, its a safe assumption that they’re having to layoff employees in substantially higher percentages than their larger counterparts.
The second impact, is the effect on each individual small business. I often wonder if the small business owner really analyzes the big-picture effect of an employee layoff from a financial standpoint prior to making the decision, or do they just think about the actual cash outlay for payroll? A recent article I read in the Effortless HR Blog lays this analysis out in a very logical, easy-to-understand methodology. You can read the article by clicking HERE.
After reviewing the article, I challenge all small business owners who are considering a layoff to do some additional analysis before making your final decision. Make sure you’re thinking thru the additional tasks you will personally have to take on that may prevent you from making sales, which in turn could have an even more adverse affect your firm.