Has shop-floor productivity finally peaked?

09/20/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Companies spurred their workers to new heights of productivity during the downturn, but this year many plants have seen productivity level off or even start to decline. That's probably good for the broader economy, experts say, since the end of the productivity boom will force companies to hire new workers. "Businesses were able to squeeze their work forces, but that wasn't sustainable," notes economist Michelle Meyer.

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