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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
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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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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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 Oct 2005, 17:45
D .
if the job requires that employees interact throughout the entire workday, then coming in at various times would impact the quality of interaction
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05 Oct 2005, 19:03
D is the best choice. If interaction with each other throughout the entire workday is nescessary, then different working hours would disrupt productivity.
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05 Oct 2005, 21:42
It is a straight D. If workers come at different times, frequent interaction among them becomes difficult.
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06 Oct 2005, 01:24
go D go..
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06 Oct 2005, 08:43
D imo too
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06 Oct 2005, 08:49
D. If the workers adopted a flextime system, then a.m. interaction would be seriously limited resulting in decreased productivity.
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06 Oct 2005, 12:01
Clear D for me as well.
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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 8am. The proposed policy would permit each employee to decide when to arrive - from as early as 6am to as late as 10am.

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 supervisor's eventual approval.
d) interact with each other throughout the entire workday
e) undertake projects that take several days to complete.

common sense has me leaning towards D
any ideas or help would be appreciated

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24 Mar 2010, 05:35
IMO its C.

Productivity will decrease if certain employees who are required to work in the team arrive at different times. If supervisor and the employees are coming at different times, this will certainly create delay in the work.

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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

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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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24 Mar 2010, 08:35
I will still go with D

question asks about employees productivity not the company's productivity. so work needs to be done first and not the approval. a company's can only perform when employees productivity increase and vice versa.

What is OA?
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24 Mar 2010, 11:21
yes u r right...lets check out OA....please post OA
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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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07 Apr 2010, 08:31
No further explanation needed after Tommy's on this one

I remember seeing this one before. At that time also I personalized the argument, because my office has similar flexi-schedule. The answer then becomes obvious i.e. D.
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