Based on a survey among Kansas City’s 150 largest private companies, it appears more good news than bad is on the horizon for jobs within the next year (“Top 150 Area Private Companies: Looking Ahead” Kansas City Business Journal, 5/10/13–5/16/13, p. 21).  The survey indicates 6% of private companies plan to hire to maintain staff, 71% plan to hire to increase staff, and only 23% plan to do no hiring.  While a wide variety of open positions are cited, the heavy hitters involve customer service, account management, information technology, project management, and sales.

The fact that most of these companies plan to increase staff is encouraging.  I remember fairly recently many companies had significant cash on their books because they were too nervous to hire anyone.  They did not like the economy’s volatility and they could not stomach the uncertainty involving healthcare.  While these two items certainly remain moving targets, the good news is companies are forging ahead with their expansion plans anyway.  That is good news Kansas City can embrace today.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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