Businesses, Leery Of Recession 2.0, Will Do Anything But Hire

From the New York Times’ “You’re The Boss” blog comes a tale of woe from a small business owner: too much work, not enough employees.

It’s a real problem, because this sudden uptick in new business is very real, but if sales start to fall again, the owner will not be happy that he hired more people.

We see this as a different problem, though: While owners, understandably leery of what the economic future will bring, dither, hard workers can’t get jobs and current employees pick up the slack.

At Paul Downs Cabinetmakers, the company mentioned on the blog, Downs authorized unlimited overtime and temporarily moved a sales engineer back to the workroom floor.

“I’m still kicking around the idea of hiring another builder on a permanent basis and even interviewed a candidate who would be a good fit. But I’m not at all certain the high level of sales will continue, particularly given that the beginning of December is usually dead, dead, dead,” Downs wrote. “So I’m afraid I won’t be doing any more to bring down the unemployment rate this year.”

Downs says he can’t hire temps (there are few woodworking temps out there, anyway) but temps are another area where hiring has increased. And there’s nothing wrong with temping, but many people prefer the security of a “real” job.

According to a recent Workforce.com report on temporary staffing, temp jobs are predicted to increase 10 percent over 2011 and another 7 percent in 2012.