Definition of Skeleton Crew

When a company staffs the least amount of people needed to maintain or support a product or service.

Example: For the company's legacy product, they are just keeping a skeleton crew on it to make sure everything is running as expected.

Related: Keep The Lights On

Usage of "Skeleton Crew" by Country

Business English is used in many different countries around the world. Some of the words and phrases listed on this site will be understood everywhere Business English is used, but some words and phrases are only used in specific countries. The map below shows where "Skeleton Crew" is most commonly used.

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"Skeleton Crew" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Skeleton Crew" was last updated in 2022.

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Business English Quiz

Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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On this site, we also have templates on how to communicate effectively at work, such as requesting PTO, declining a promotion, and taking a sick day.

Word of the Day

Date: 07/02/2022

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Skeleton Crew." Dictionary, Accessed 07/02/2022.