What are the best way to reduce fix cost rapidly to avoid layoff of key people ?

My customer is really going through tough time with its business that completely hit a wall over the last few weeks. Customers just don`t buy and there is no sign when they will start buying again.


Because of teh nature of its business, letting go on key resources such as engineer or quality professionals or buyers etc.. would have dramatic effect on teh capability of the business to get back up when the business is back again.

ANy great idea on how to go through the crisis lowering down the fix cost to minimum while maintaining the staff ?   

  

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