There’s been a lot of news about layoffs due to the coronavirus outbreak. Scandanavian Airlines laid off around 10,000 employees temporarily. The number of employees laid off is nearly 90% of their staff. MGM Resorts immediately let some staffers go and said it would furlough workers and begin layoffs over the coming weeks. The Port of Los Angeles said they let go of 145 drivers after ships from China stopped arriving.
But small businesses are taking a much harder hit. As Americans have practiced safe social distancing and pulled back from daily routines, consumer spending has dropped. And local shutdowns have forced many small businesses to close their doors temporarily. And more are grappling with the fact that they might not make payroll as a result.
No business owner wants to let employees go. After all, 8 in 10 business owners say they care about their employees like family. And 1 in 3 has used their own money to cover payroll in the past. They’ve taken financial hits, so their employees didn’t have to, according to a 2019 survey of construction business owners. Business owners are well aware of the financial implications a layoff could have on their employees, their business, and their reputation. But many don’t have a choice. Thankfully, business owners have alternatives to explore.