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# An overwhelming proportion of the most productive employees

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An overwhelming proportion of the most productive employees at SaleCoâ€™s regional offices work not eight hours a day, five days a week, as do other SaleCo employees, but rather ten hours a day, four days a week, with Friday off. Noting this phenomenon, SaleCoâ€™s president plans to increase overall productivity by keeping the offices closed on Fridays and having all employees work the same scheduleâ€”ten hours a day, four days a week.

Which of the following, if true, provides the most reason to doubt that the presidentâ€™s plan, if implemented, will achieve its stated purpose?

A. Typically, a SaleCo employeeâ€™s least productive hours in the workplace are the early afternoon hours.
B. None of the employees who work four days a week had volunteered to work that schedule, but all were assigned to it by their supervisors.
C. Working ten hours a day has allowed the most productive employees to work two hours alone each day in their respective offices relatively undisturbed by fellow employees.
D. Employees at SaleCo are compensated not on the basis of how many hours a week they work but on the basis of how productive they are during the hours they are at work.
E. Those SaleCo employees who have a four-day workweek do not take any of their office work to do at home on Fridays.
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19 Dec 2005, 07:09
B doubts if the plan will really increase overall productivity.
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19 Dec 2005, 07:49
B with some reservations. Cannot find anyother choice better than this.
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19 Dec 2005, 08:05
The workers of the highest productivity work voluntarily
10 hours for 4 days, because then they are undisturbed.

If the others would work the same schedule, the productivity of the hp workers may decline, while they show no improvement.

The argument bases on the asumption that the 10 hours 4 day schedule is the oine with the higher producitvity, but it is it just because the most productive workers do this schedule.

I think it's C

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19 Dec 2005, 08:09
I agree with C.

Productive employees are finding it effective because they aren't disturbed in the 2 hours by their colleagues.
However if all the employees are asked to work for 10 hours, the productivity of the productive employees will decline..
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19 Dec 2005, 11:27
Clearly, C provides a firm ground for doubting the success of S's president's plan.

C it is.

Edit: If C is true, not only the productivity of the workers with the new schedules won't improve, but also the productivity of the current 4-day workers will decline due to disturbance from their fellow co-workers.
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19 Dec 2005, 11:33
C seems the best. If everyone starts working 10 hours a day, many of the most rpoductive workers will no longer be as productive as they were before. This cast the most doubt on the planning.
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19 Dec 2005, 11:41
I also agree C should be the answer.
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19 Dec 2005, 18:12
The president's plan is to increase overall productivity by changing everyone to the 4 day-10 hour schedule

A. Typically, a SaleCo employeeâ€™s least productive hours in the workplace are the early afternoon hours. ==> Out of scope

B. None of the employees who work four days a week had volunteered to work that schedule, but all were assigned to it by their supervisors. ==> Not relevent IMO. Even though these workers did not choose their workdays, they were still very productive

C. Working ten hours a day has allowed the most productive employees to work two hours alone each day in their respective offices relatively undisturbed by fellow employees. ==> 2 hours alone each day after most 8-hour shift workers have gone home provides the most clue as to why these workers were more productive. Having everyone work these hours would not promote productivity

D. Employees at SaleCo are compensated not on the basis of how many hours a week they work but on the basis of how productive they are during the hours they are at work. ==> New plan=old plan= 40 hrs/week

E. Those SaleCo employees who have a four-day workweek do not take any of their office work to do at home on Fridays. ==> Out of scope
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19 Dec 2005, 21:23
OA is C.
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