With your business slowly failing, you will begin to notice a steady decrease in staff. Your company is now a sinking ship and your men have begun to go overboard. You can’t really blame them however; there are so many much nicer ships to hop on. Many of them even have things like water heaters and bathrooms.
As time passes you will undoubtedly notice water around your ankles as you do not have a crew large enough patch all the holes faster than they are forming. This is accelerated by the fact that many of your vital tools went missing long ago. Even worse and much unlike a sinking ship, only certain people are capable of fixing certain types of holes.
The appropriate solution is obvious. In fact, it is most likely staring you right in the face shouting and screaming at you in furious rage. Your employees probably are too. The words are no doubt echoing in your head, “Hire more people!” Ignore this suggestion; I know it’s difficult; it is a perfectly logical solution. You have work, you don’t have enough people to do the work, therefore you need more workers. This resolution has evidently worked for you in past instances; however, in the arena of failure, it develops into something of a paradox. How can your company truly crumble if it integrates successful tactics? Therefore, the idea of increasing your staff is an idea that must be squelched.
This is where “The Highlander Technique” comes in. Just like in the movie, as one employee falls for whatever reason, be it that they were fired, or quit, or deported to Indonesia, another employee can absorb him and take over his work. I first noticed employees had this power when I lost a server administrator. I knew there was no way I was able to hire a new employee; the money we were saving was completely dominating my foresight. However, in the early wake of the situation, one of my employees asked to take the server administrator’s job. I didn’t know they could do that. Pretty soon, I had all sorts of employees absorbing all sorts of other employees. Web content integrators absorbing software developers, tech support absorbing secretaries; I even had a prostitute absorb a designer.
This discovery was as big a life saver for as it was a big business killer, and just like The Highlander movies and television series, my business stayed alive far longer than anyone desired.