It appears to me that the public discussion, at least coming out of politicians and the press in Washington, DC, seems to be missing several key points in the encouragement of businesses to create jobs.
For 25 years, I have, among other things, helped companies and government entities to improve productivity and operational and financial performance. For decades, companies have pursued improved productivity, leaner operations, and more efficient processes, with less waste, less rework, and less labor content. Consultants like me have helped government entities and companies in most, if not all, industries tie staffing levels to demand for products and services. I’ve helped insurance companies align staffing with sales activity, policies in force, and claims caseload. I’ve helped an accounts payable department in a government entity tie staffing to incoming bills to be paid. I’ve helped startups understand the timing of when to add staff, add executives, expand offices, and open new offices, all tied to workload.
Of course, I have done many other things but the point is that the mindset of people in the US economy is geared to connecting hiring to increased workload and demand for products and services. For fifty or sixty or more years, companies have been trained to avoid speculative hiring and to not add staff until existing staff is “fully” utilized with an acceptable level of overtime.