The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this month to block the Biden administration's federal mandate to require employee vaccinations or testing appeared to let employers off the hook.
It did not. It only makes things harder.
What it really did was strip away the government shield that potentially allowed companies to tell their workers, "Sorry. It's not up to us. It's the big, mean government making us do this. Boy, if it was up to us, you wouldn't have to be hassled about this."
Automotive executives across the spectrum now have to do something really hard, the thing that business books talk about doing: They will have to exhibit personal leadership.
Knowing what that means is going to be the thing that defines the current generation of industry leaders. How the auto industry finally successfully manages its way through the very real mess of the unyielding pandemic and back into the sunshine is going to be a woolly tale told in a half a century to eager young employees who will probably be unable to grasp how draining the past two years and probably part of this year have been on everyone — the loss of lives, the loss of business, the strain on morale, the fog of hopelessness, the Great Resignation of burned-out colleagues, the yearning to move forward and the frustration of being tripped up by fear and planning disappointments.