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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
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24 Mar 2010, 04:35
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, 04:56
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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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, 07:35
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.

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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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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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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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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, 10:32
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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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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