skeleton crew

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skeleton crew

The bare minimum amount of employees necessary to keep an office, business, service, etc., running at a basic level. We can't have a restaurant that is completely closed during the slow season, so we keep a skeleton crew on board to serve the few customers who decide to come in. The rigs will have a skeleton crew keeping them running until the company finishes handing over its business to the new owners.
See also: crew, skeleton

a skeleton ˈcrew/ˈstaff/ˈservice

the minimum number of staff necessary to run an organization or service: At weekends we have a skeleton staff to deal with emergencies.
See also: crew, service, skeleton, staff
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Support ships deploy with skeleton crews because of lack of qualified sailors.
Ships have been mothballed and support ships deploy with skeleton crews because of lack of qualified sailors.
Syncrude, majority-owned by Suncor, is still monitoring the situation and does not yet have a timeline for restarting production, although it does have skeleton crews at its sites, a spokesman said.
Some schools have closed and some hospitals are operating with skeleton crews.
Critical services like hospitals and public transport are working with skeleton crews on duty.
With so many organizations running skeleton crews as employees take time off to be with their friends and families, many people seem to think so.
Technology usage, declining subscription numbers, and lackluster ad sales are causing major newspapers to hobble along on skeleton crews.
As such, we have been running skeleton crews with a maximum of six personnel on site across two shifts," Mr Bond said.
A mandatory evacuation order and curfew remained in effect across the city, while hospitals worked with skeleton crews and back-up power, although officials said the city's airport would re-open later on Tuesday evening.
The Good Fabric: Of Night Shifts and Skeleton Crews.
With skeleton crews, our committees have worked long hours relentlessly moving toward our goals.
The pace quickens in most workplaces - no longer will vacation schedules leave skeleton crews to answer the phones and keep the doors open.
Skeleton crews are in operation on the Jonathan Swift, Isle of Inishmore and the Normandy ferries as cuts began to take hold.
But their skeleton crews left three-quarters of the rubbish uncollected.
While the African-American inmates, their family members and some civil rights leaders oppose reintegration, Dahlman said segregation has kept inmates from returning to their normal working routines, with skeleton crews being used at the jail's kitchen and laundry facilities.