But you are still trying to run a business! How do you maintain your momentum in business when you are running on a skeleton crew? By putting procedures in place that allow most anyone to help pick up the slack of those that are gone.
When your business finds it near impossible to run on a skeleton crew, it is time to look at implementing and documenting the efficiencies in each position in your company. (Actually, the time to do that is not now, but months before this to prevent a decrease in profits due to lack of help. We will talk about that more come later in the year.)
Creating processes and updating job tasks, not only helps keep your doors open and your phones answered when everyone seems to be gone but you, but it is also very time efficient, thus profit increasing for year round.
Start when everyone gets back into the swing of things, hopefully sooner rather than later. Request that all employees spend each day for one month, documenting their tasks that come across their desk. Then have them put together a position manual, down to the details of who is responsible for purchasing the office necessities and where the overflow gets stored. You might be surprised to find that not everyone knows those details! As soon as the position manuals are compiled, ask another co-worker to switch jobs with you for a few days. During that time, they will make notes of the tasks they struggled with while handling your desk. From there you perfect the manual and keep it updated as the position tasks change.
So next time it seems you could throw a bowling ball down the hall without hitting anyone, you won