Rather than layoff employees when faced with a decline in demand, Rhino Foods Inc., a US dessert manufacturer, asked its customers to help and five partnering companies offered to hire its employees during slow-demand months. Hourly production and shipping and receiving employees were asked to volunteer for assignments outside the company and were promised their jobs back when conditions improved. Remaining employees were cross-trained so they could step in for their reassigned colleagues. By l...

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