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# Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality

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Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the programâ€™s existence than they were at the programâ€™s start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:

(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.

I got stuck in this Q. I'm betweem C and E

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23 May 2006, 07:19
Go with E.
The argument says that people were less satisfied after the program.

But their work didnt say so. That is what C says. So C weakens.

E says that they were dissatisfied that that is why they joined the program. But program didnt help them at all. This supports argument.
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23 May 2006, 07:19
i am lost on this one aswell, but i go with E.
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23 May 2006, 10:22
jeunesis wrote:
Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the programâ€™s existence than they were at the programâ€™s start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:

(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.

I got stuck in this Q. I'm betweem C and E

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"E".

It's between "C" and "E" but in C the workers could have exhibted the two changes based on some other factor. However, C clearly states that workers wanted to join the group to better their situation but in the end, they were let down. In short, the program didn't live up to expectation and the author's conclusion is substantiated.
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23 May 2006, 10:40
thanx guys. I got mixed in C it was my mistake...it was easy one...
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23 May 2006, 10:57
it is a bit confusing...but yes it clearly comes down to E
23 May 2006, 10:57
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