Making Teamwork Work And Appeasing Uncle Sam

To hear many employers talk, you would think the sky had just fallen. They argue that a mid-December ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dealt a potentially crippling blow to employee teams, which companies have set up by the thousands in recent years. The reason: to boost productivity and quality and restore U.S. competitiveness. The board's decision already has been appealed, and management lawyers are advising companies to prepare for years of litigation. But there's a more constructive response: Employers should take some cues from the NLRB and give employees more say in running teams.

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