skeleton staff

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skeleton staff (plural skeleton staffs)

  1. The minimum number of employees needed to operate a business during a vacation, weekend, or other period when people do not normally work, or full staffing is not necessary.
    • 2004, The Event Manager's Bible: How to Plan and Deliver an Event, by Des Conway, p.121
      But you must keep skeleton staff on duty at all car parks while the event is still open.