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# A company is considering changing its policy concerning

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A company is considering changing its policy concerning daily working hours. Currently, this company requires all employees to arrive at work at 8 a.m. The proposed policy would permit each employee to decide when to arrive from as early as 6 a.m. to as late as 11 a.m.

The adoption of this policy would be most likely to decrease employees productivity if the employees job functions required them to

(A) work without interruption from other employees
(B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies
(C) submit their work for a supervisors eventual approval
(D) interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday
(E) undertake projects that take several days to complete

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06 Oct 2005, 08:08
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Definetly D.

If A arrives at 8 and works very closely with B, who arrives at 11...A is going to unproductive from 8-11.
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06 Oct 2005, 11:56
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Clear D for me

A is out because employees are not as likely to be interrupted if they work staggered work hours
B is also out because there would be some point in the day which they could reach employees from other companies at least once
C is out because they could submit work anytime
E is out because the project would still take days to complete whether they started at 6 or 9 in the morning.
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24 Mar 2010, 05:56
IMO D

Employees productivity will decrease more if have to interact with each other all day and say for half a day other person is not there then work will suffer. Supervisor's approval can be done next day. First work needs to be done then only supervisors approval is needed. Hence, C is the 2nd best option

Any suggestions?
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24 Mar 2010, 06:10
you explanation is right too, but consider a case when the Supervisor comes at 6am and the employees at 10 am...and say 9 hours is the work duration, the supervisor will leave at 9 and the employee who will complete this module at 4pm will have to wait another day for the approval.

Now even if they require alot of interaction among themselves, some of them will be always toghether, say 20% comes at 6 , 20% at 7, 20% at 8, 20% at 9 and 20% at 100.
Now not all of them will require to interact. Even if they have to, gap is of 4 hours only, but if they lose the approval of supervisor gap will be of one full day.
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27 Mar 2010, 12:10
Hey Everyone,

Great work on this. I just wanted to address the way that some people were leaning towards C, so I thought I'd take on all the answer choices in one swoop.

a) work without interruption from other employees.
PROBLEM: The time people come in should not have any effect on whether people get interrupted.

b) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies.
PROBLEM: Consulting with other companies once a day should be easy, as everyone will still be there for at least 6 hours of a typical work day.

c) submit their work for a supervisor's eventual approval.
PROBLEM: Notice the word "eventual". If this implied that the supervisor need to sign off on everybody's work THAT DAY, this might be the correct answer. But the implication here is that the supervisor could "eventually" approve it, which doesn't link it to any specific time.

d) interact with each other throughout the entire workday
ANSWER: Contrast with C. In this case, they use the word "entire". Well, obviously this is going to get in the way of interaction through the "entire" work day. This question really does revolve around the use of the qualifiers "eventual" and "Entire".

e) undertake projects that take several days to complete.
PROBLEM: They'll still be at work 5 days a week, so this shouldn't be a problem.

Hope that helps!

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08 Jan 2012, 11:17
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I have a minor issue why answer A is not possibly correct although I agree that D provides the strongest reasoning.

In case somebody is sitting at his desk at around 8a.m. and then is permanently interrupted by other employees coming in, depositing their stuff, saying hello etc., this would lead to a decrease in productivity or am I wrong?

After all, the answer would still be D because it is more likely that the permanent interaction needed causes a higher decrease. However, the answer explanation makes it sound as if A would not be acceptable at all - even if D were not included in the answer choices. Can anybody relate?
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05 Mar 2012, 11:09
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(A) work without interruption from other employees
(B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies
(C) submit their work for a supervisor’s eventual approval
(D) interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday
(E) undertake projects that take several days to complete

(A) coming early or late doesnt affect your ability to NOT interrupt others
(D) if you have to interact frequently with others and they are not there because they come in at all different hours, then your productivity will be affected.
Think about the case where you come in at 6am and need to meet with a coworker right away to get something done but they dont show up till 11am..
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05 Mar 2012, 16:58
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(D) interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday

Different work timings would result into a possibility of less interaction among employees sinces the work timings are different.
This may result into reduced productivity among employees.
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06 Mar 2012, 22:34
D --correct

but How this question is of type cause and effect
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07 Mar 2012, 20:39
D is correct. Because employee's productivity will decreases if interaction among is not takes place.
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08 Mar 2012, 00:32
Very easy question. The answer is clearly D. If the job requires the employees to interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday then the employee's productivity will fall if the proposed new timings are introduced.
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07 Nov 2012, 04:02
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I can't understand why the choice C can not be the correct answer? would you plz explain it?
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I can't understand why the choice C can not be the correct answer? would you plz explain it?
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C) submit their work for a supervisor’s eventual approval

Meaning of EVENTUAL is: " adv. At an unspecified future time"

Hence i think considering option c, will make no effect on company's health.
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26 Jun 2013, 12:20
Why can't we choose B ? We do not know the timings of other companies. So this can be a choice right ?
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26 Jun 2013, 13:32
@grakesh - Option B is incorrect because the company (suppose A)mentioned in premise restricts the timings of company A only and not on the employees of other companies. So, any worker of company A, who need to interact with employees of other companies, can do so in the timings suitable for the employees of other companies.
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28 Aug 2016, 02:32
B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies.

I feel B is correct answers

The person coming in 10pm if requires to consult other company employees then not possible.
The person coming in 6am if requires , then until 9/8am it is not possible, so the productive could be impacted.

But answer D says interaction with other employees is needed

Person coming in 6am/10pm can interact with others who come in the same shift

There are flaws in both B and D, as both options do not say about timings and effectiveness of consultation.

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28 Aug 2016, 11:32
ravikrishna1979 wrote:
B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies.

I feel B is correct answers

The person coming in 10pm if requires to consult other company employees then not possible.
The person coming in 6am if requires , then until 9/8am it is not possible, so the productive could be impacted.

But answer D says interaction with other employees is needed

Person coming in 6am/10pm can interact with others who come in the same shift

There are flaws in both B and D, as both options do not say about timings and effectiveness of consultation.

I will say (B) is way out of scope , for the highlighted part ( In RED )...
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28 Aug 2016, 13:52
ravikrishna1979 wrote:
B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies.

I feel B is correct answers

The person coming in 10pm if requires to consult other company employees then not possible.
The person coming in 6am if requires , then until 9/8am it is not possible, so the productive could be impacted.

But answer D says interaction with other employees is needed

Person coming in 6am/10pm can interact with others who come in the same shift

There are flaws in both B and D, as both options do not say about timings and effectiveness of consultation.

Abhishek has already pointed out why B is out of scope.

As for your second query about option D: Because the employees need to interact throughout the entire workday, it is mandatory that they have the same timing - a person coming in at 6 pm would not be able to interact with a person coming in at 10 pm for 4 hours.
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12 Sep 2016, 23:35
New proposal - each employee to decide when to arrive—from as early as 6 a.m. to as late as 11 a.m instead of the fixed time of arrival at 8 a.m
Claim - The adoption of this policy would be most likely to decrease employees’ productivity

Pre- thinking - What if the job required that the employees frequently interact with each other throughout the day .

Answer D interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday
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