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According to a recent magazine article, of those office employees who typically work 8 hours at the office each day but sometimes say that they will work at home on a particular day, 25 percent actually work less than one hour. At the same time, over 90 percent of those same office employees believe they are more productive working at home than working in their office.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions about the office employees discussed in the article?

A. On average, the office employees working at home for a day work fewer hours than office employees working at the office.

B. 10 percent of the office employees are less productive working from home than working in their office.

C. At least 15 percent of the office employees do not define productivity exclusively in terms of the number of hours worked.

D. At least 25 percent of the office employees can complete the same amount of work in one hour at home as in 8 hours at the office.

E. Some of the office employees make statements regarding their productivity that are not in fact true.
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07 Feb 2007, 10:37
Leaning towards C. 25 % work 1 hour less. 75% work the usual. 90% of these believe they are more productive. 90-75 = 15 do not define productivity based on number of hours worked.
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07 Feb 2007, 10:45
this ones tricky, ill go with C

A - can't figure out an average on hours just based on the passage and %'s

B- less than 10% are not productive according to passage since more than 90% are productive , therefore stating that 10% are productive is incorrect since it really is less than 10%

D - doesnt say this, it just says 25% work less than an hour, doesnt say whether or not they are as productive or not

E - this just seems like a cop-out answer which is irrelevant to the discussion

C is right because we have 25 % work less than an hour and more 90% believe they are productive , that means less than 10% believe they are not so we need to find the amount of people who work less than 1 hour, but also believe they are productive

so we conclude out of the 25 % who work less than an hour, LESS than 10% of the population needs to be taken out

therefore this leaves us with at LEAST 15% have a diff definition of productivity

a little confusing but im pretty sure it's C
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08 Feb 2007, 10:13
One more C guys.
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08 Feb 2007, 23:13
I go for see for the same reasons mentioned above.
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08 Feb 2007, 23:14
According to a recent magazine article, of those office employees who typically work 8 hours at the office each day but sometimes say that they will work at home on a particular day, 25 percent actually work less than one hour. At the same time, over 90 percent of those same office employees believe they are more productive working at home than working in their office.

The statements above, if true, best support which of the following conclusions about the office employees discussed in the article?

A. On average, the office employees working at home for a day work fewer hours than office employees working at the office.
Cannot be inferred from this statement, rest 75 can work 12 hrs from home (crazy... but possible )

B. 10 percent of the office employees are less productive working from home than working in their office.
States exact 10% ... seems fishy the info provided would not give an exact value (specifies over 90% feel they are more productive)

C. At least 15 percent of the office employees do not define productivity exclusively in terms of the number of hours worked.
of the 25% who work <1 hr if atleast 15% feel that productivity <> # of hrs worked, that gives our over 90% feel they do more work at home. So pick C

D. At least 25 percent of the office employees can complete the same amount of work in one hour at home as in 8 hours at the office.
strictly speaking this one should say less than 1hr equivalent to 8hrs based on info provided in arg

E. Some of the office employees make statements regarding their productivity that are not in fact true.
maybe true but with the info provided we cannot make a certain conclusion

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09 Feb 2007, 00:14
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09 Feb 2007, 00:17
one more vote for C)

that is the only one that can be inferred correctly. all others are not fully supported.
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09 Feb 2007, 22:27
Good job guys!

OA is C.

OE as follows

The passage presents information about what office employees who work 8-hour days and who have worked at home told a certain magazine. The first piece of information is about what some of those office employees actually do: 25 percent of office employees actually work less than an hour on days that they work at home. The second piece of information is about what some of those office employees believe: 90 percent believe that they are more productive working at home than at the office. A proper GMAT conclusion must be provable by those two pieces of information.

(A) The passage only provides information about the working hours of 25 percent of the office employees. The passage does not provide any information regarding the working hours of the other 75 percent, hence, it is not possible to conclude anything about the office employees on average. For example, it is possible that the other 75 percent of the office employees work 14 hour days when working from home. It is also possible that they work 6 hour days when working from home.

(B) The passage provides no information about the actual productivity of any of the office employees. It only provides information about what the office employees believe about their productivity.

(C) CORRECT. 90 percent of the office employees believe that they are more productive at home than at work. At the same time, 25 percent of the office employees actually work fewer hours when they work at home than when they work at the office. The overlap between these two groups is at least 15 percent of all of the office employees. This group of employees believes that they are more productive at home than at work and yet this group actually works fewer hours at home than at work. Thus, these employees must not define productivity exclusively in terms of the number of hours worked.

(D) The passage discusses the actual work hours of 25 percent of the office employees. Then it describes the beliefs of 90 percent of office employees regarding their productivity. First, there is no necessary link between an individual's beliefs about his or her productivity and that individualâ€™s actual productivity; hence, no conclusion can be made regarding actual productivity from the information about beliefs. Second, the number of hours worked alone is not an indication of productivity; it is possible, for example, that an employee who works 1 hour is more productive in terms of work done per hour than when he works 8 hours and yet that employee might still accomplish more total work when working 8 hours. Therefore, it is not possible to conclude anything regarding productivity for any of the office employees.

(E) The fact that 90 percent of the office employees believe they are more productive at home than at work does not necessarily contradict the fact that 25 percent of the office employees work fewer hours at home than at work. It is possible to work fewer hours and still be more productive.
09 Feb 2007, 22:27
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