Somewhere in the world, at any given hour, on any given day, an auto plant supervisor is reaching for antacid. For the start of every shift brings the gut-searing realization that millions of dollars worth of manufacturing equipment could sit idle because workstations are vacant. Most of the missing employees are on authorized leave. Some are on vacation, or attending funerals or celebrating weddings. Others are simply tending to personal business. Too many, however, are AWOL. They’re ...

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