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A recent survey showed that many workers in a certain

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1.A recent survey showed that many workers in a certain company are dissatisfied with their jobs. The survey also showed that most of the dissatisfied workers believe that they have little control over their job assignments. Therefore, to increase workers job satisfaction the companyâ€™s management need only concentrate on changing workersâ€™ beliefs regarding the degree of control they have over their job assignments.
Which one of the following, if also shown by the survey, would most seriously call into question the conclusion made by the author of the passage?
(A) The dissatisfied workers feel that their wages are too low and working conditions are unsatisfactory.
(B) The number of workers in the company who are satisfied with their jobs is greater than the number who are dissatisfied.
(C) The workers in the company are more dissatisfied than workers in other companies.
(D) Most people in company management believe that the workers already have too much control over their work.
(E) The workers in the company who are satisfied with their jobs believe that they have a lot of control over their job assignments.
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12 Feb 2007, 10:35

Workers feel that they dont have control and management feels that they have too much control. There is a potential conflict, if the management further attempts to change the belief of workers about their lack of control.

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12 Feb 2007, 13:29

If the cause of dissatisfaction is also low wages and unsatisfactory working conditions, then just concentrating on changing workersâ€™ beliefs regarding the degree of control they have over their job assignments is not enough

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12 Feb 2007, 14:09
This is a classic sufficient vs necessary condition.

The argument says that changing workers belief is sufficient.

Answers that weaken an argument with sufficient condition will typically show that the condition is not sufficient(and only necessary). The correct answer typically does this by showing that there are other necessary conditions that need to be met.

A works in similar fashion and is the correct answer.

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12 Feb 2007, 14:38
A.

Showing that ANYTHING else is needed to change workersâ€™ satisfaction is enough to weaken the argument. As noted by the use of ONLY in â€œcompanyâ€™s management need only concentrate on changing workers beliefs regarding the degree of control they have over their job assignmentsâ€

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14 Feb 2007, 14:27
(A) shows that "control over their job assignments" may not be the sole reason for worker's dissatisfaction.

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15 Feb 2007, 02:03
Agreed. A is the answer. Mind can't see things clearly sometimes

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15 Feb 2007, 20:45
I would also go for A. Presenting 1 more reason for the satisfaction of the workers proves tht only changing the belief if the workers is not enough.

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17 Feb 2007, 12:23

If management team's focus is only on degree of control over job, major casues of dissatisfaction, such as low wages and bad working conditions are not going to be solved.

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17 Feb 2007, 18:59
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17 Feb 2007, 19:14
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