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26 Aug 2010, 13:15
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In an attempt to improve the overall performance of clerical workers, many companies have introduced computerized performance monitoring and control systems (CPMCS) that record and report a worker’s computer-driven activities. However, at least one study has shown that such monitoring may not be having the desired effect. In the study, researchers asked monitored clerical workers and their supervisors how assessments of productivity affected supervisors’ ratings of workers’ performance. In contrast to unmonitored workers doing the same work, who without exception identified the most important element in their jobs as customer service, the monitored workers and their supervisors all responded that productivity was the critical factor in assigning ratings. This finding suggested that there should have been a strong correlation between a monitored worker’s productivity and the overall rating the worker received. However, measures of the relationship between overall rating and individual elements of performance clearly supported the conclusion that supervisors gave considerable weight to criteria such as attendance, accuracy, and indications of customer satisfaction.
It is possible that productivity may be a “hygiene factor,” that is, if it is too low, it will hurt the overall rating. But the evidence suggests that beyond the point at which productivity becomes “good enough,” higher productivity per se is unlikely to improve a rating.

Which of the following, if true, would most clearly have supported the conclusion referred to in lines 19-21?
(A) Ratings of productivity correlated highly with ratings of both accuracy and attendance.
(B) Electronic monitoring greatly increased productivity.
(C) Most supervisors based overall ratings of performance on measures of productivity alone.
(D) Overall ratings of performance correlated more highly with measures of productivity than the researchers expected.
(E) Overall ratings of performance correlated more highly with measures of accuracy than with measures of productivity.
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Hi Roboas,

Let me see if I can help here.....

I think E DOES work because this point provides evidence not provided in the passage, so it makes it stronger. This is what we need.

So whilst in the passage it says 'considerable' E shows us exactly what this means - that accurate workers score higher than productive ones. Thus providing support to the conclusion that productive is not the most important thing.

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01 Dec 2012, 13:34
This one gave me trouble. I picked A, but I had no reason to do so other than because the other 4 answer choices all seemed to be contradicted by the text. I still don't see why E is correct because it states that the ratings correlate MORE highly with measures of accuracy than with measures of productivity. The text states that the the supervisors gave CONSIDERABLE weight to the other criteria, not more. How is considerable supposed to mean greater than?
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