One of my friends is looking for a job and applied in a company. They had a discussion and and they asked him what's his salary expectation he revealed his last CTC and told them his expectation. They asked him what's the salary drawn in last 3 months. It was lesser than the CTC because of paycut. So they said they'll consider the salary with paycut as base and then give hike on it and not on actual CTC. If his paycut is 30% in last 3 months they're ready to give hike of 15% so he will be working on 15% net lesser salary than previous. This is how some of the companies are taking advantage of the current situation. You can't expect people to work and give their best with this type of treatment. In future just don't cry on some of your employees that they're not being productive if you are trying to do cost cutting during pandemic in this way.