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# A study showed that, across a variety of office jobs, upgrades

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Updated on: 08 Aug 2019, 16:04
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A study showed that, across a variety of office jobs, upgrades in aesthetic ratings (as determined by an objective scale) to an office resulted in greater increases in productivity from full-time employees than from temporary employees working under limited contracts. Interpreting these results, sociologists hypothesize that full-time employees identify more with their workspace than do temporary employees, and thus see visual improvements in the offices as reflecting on the value of their own profession contribution.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the sociologists’ interpretation of the study?

A. Major ergonomic improvements to workstations result in productivity increases from all employees.

B. Many benefits, such as medical insurance and retirement benefits, are available to full-time employees and not to temporary employees.

C. After a significant aesthetic upgrades to an office, even full-time employees who report in surveys that the upgrade made “no difference” to them showed increases in productivity.

D. All scales for an employee’s perceived value to his company are correlated with the aesthetic rating of his office.

E. When a manager spends the extra money to beautify an office, she typically compliments employees by telling them that they’re worth the extra expense.

Originally posted by anupam87 on 08 Aug 2019, 15:43.
Last edited by anupam87 on 08 Aug 2019, 16:04, edited 1 time in total.
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Updated on: 08 Aug 2019, 16:26
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anupam87 wrote:
A study showed that, across a variety of office jobs, upgrades in aesthetic ratings (as determined by an objective scale) to an office resulted in greater increases in productivity from full-time employees than from temporary employees working under limited contracts. Interpreting these results, sociologists hypothesize that full-time employees identify more with their workspace than do temporary employees, and thus see visual improvements in the offices as reflecting on the value of their own profession contribution.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the sociologists’ interpretation of the study?

The toughest part is boiling down the argument..

SUMMARY : Identifying more with workspace leads to increased productivity

Prethinking -> We need proof, reassurance, or any other reason to believe that this link is valid

A. Major ergonomic improvements to workstations result in productivity increases from all employees.

180-deg/Weakener

The whole idea was that full-time employees indentify with their workspace (and that part-time don't)

B. Many benefits, such as medical insurance and retirement benefits, are available to full-time employees and not to temporary employees.

Irrelevant.

C. After a significant aesthetic upgrades to an office, even full-time employees who report in surveys that the upgrade made “no difference” to them showed increases in productivity.

Irrelevant. Survey results aren't giving us reason to further believe that employees identify with their workspace more, leading to increases in productivity.

D. All scales for an employee’s perceived value to his company are correlated with the aesthetic rating of his office.

Good. If employee's only have 1 measure by which they identify to their workspace, then we can rest assured that this is the only possible explanation.

E. When a manager spends the extra money to beautify an office, she typically compliments employees by telling them that they’re worth the extra expense.

Irrelevant
This doesn't help us figure out why the upgrades to the workspace lead to increased productivity.

Originally posted by ahabib on 08 Aug 2019, 15:57.
Last edited by ahabib on 08 Aug 2019, 16:26, edited 1 time in total.
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08 Aug 2019, 16:05
ahabib wrote:
What is the question?

Thanks for pointing out. I have edited the question
Re: A study showed that, across a variety of office jobs, upgrades   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2019, 16:05