Selecting which workers are to stay and which to go is made a bit easier if you take note of certain things.
In an early article I mentioned the employee who was on the phone, blind to those clients/customers who were present. I used a code name, Keisha or Keith to describe them.
When downsizing is required I take it a step farther.
Here is a large open office. How many people are on the phone having what seems to be private calls? (You can tell business calls from private ones).
Have a floor plan and make a tick by the name of the person who has been talking on a private call over one minute.
This is not the 15 second or emergency call, this is the nice leisurely blah blah that people who have nothing to do engage in.
After the survey of the section, move on to another or leave for about an hour. When you return, take a position to see those you have ticked. When you perceive them on a second personal call, turn the tick to an X.
Those are the first persons to go. They do the least work, waste the most time.
During the working hours there should be no time for personal calls.
The sensible employee does not have people call him/her during working hours unless an emergency. That one can engage in a personal call during working hours means they don’t comprehend the nature of employment.
Persons who can not comprehend that they have sold eight hours of their time to this business do not need to be at the office.
This simple method of monitoring personal calls during working hours allowed a business of 300 employees to discharge 100 without any disruption to the business.