Maintain High Productivity
When orders drop during a recession and the same number of employees are kept in production to manufacture a smaller number of products, productivity suffers; employees become underutilized and less diligent; and the workplace loses its sense of urgency.
Under such circumstances, move personnel who are not needed for production to another area. For example, have them work on plant maintenance or attend training sessions so that the plant will be better prepared once the economy recovers.
The production floor should maintain the minimum number of employees to retain the same sense of urgency as when production was at its busiest, so that employees will remain diligent and alert. It is important to maintain the same high level of productivity that was achieved at great effort in earlier times.