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# Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particul

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Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particularly when dealing with family matters. This obligation extends to all aspects of the job, including hiring and firing practices and the quality of service the employee provides customers.

Which one of the following employee behaviors most clearly violates the company policy cited above?

(A) Refusing to hire any of one’s five siblings, even though they are each more qualified than any other applicant

(B) Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother

(C) Never firing a family member, even though three of one’s siblings work under one’s supervision and authority

(D) Repeatedly refusing to advance an employee, claiming that he has sometimes skipped work and that his work has been sloppy, even though no such instances have occurred for over two years

(E) Promoting a family member over another employee in the company

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Originally posted by souvik101990 on 30 Sep 2014, 09:51.
Last edited by Bunuel on 03 Oct 2018, 00:12, edited 1 time in total.
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01 Oct 2014, 21:34
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It is A. Not hiring someone only because they are a family member is not an impartial action. The others all either treat everyone in the same regard, or fail to provide enough evidence to determine if the action is impartial.

The bigger takeaway from this question is understanding how the testmakers try to lead you into a wrong answer. When you see a problem like this, your bias and preconceived notions come into play. This problem in particular makes you think of nepotism, which you associate with treating family members in a favorable manner. When you see answer choice A, your mind wants to reject it because your mind doesn't want to see family members hired. However, upon further inspection, A is the only choice that treats a certain group of people unfairly.
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24 Feb 2015, 19:58
I marked E Can anyone explain why A is right?
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24 Feb 2015, 21:30
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I marked E Can anyone explain why A is right?

Hi,

E is not right for the simple reason that promoting the family member could be either justified or unjustified. The family member could either deserve the promotion or not deserve the promotion. So there is an area of ambiguity. Whereas in A, the reasons are clearly given. Hence A.

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02 Oct 2018, 06:56
option B-
including one's mother ! now does that include the mother of the person who complained? ( if so, then this is a violation)
if not then writing " one's mother" is redundant and in a way discriminatory .
what do you mean by one's mother?? so the rest don't have mothers?? or are others male?
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02 Oct 2018, 22:56
option B-
including one's mother ! now does that include the mother of the person who complained? ( if so, then this is a violation)
if not then writing " one's mother" is redundant and in a way discriminatory .
what do you mean by one's mother?? so the rest don't have mothers?? or are others male?

(B) Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother

I think what option B says is that the people who have complained includes the mother of the office owner and that the owner has sent the complimentary product to all including his own mother thereby has been impartial.

Hope this helps!
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tarunanandani wrote:
option B-
including one's mother ! now does that include the mother of the person who complained? ( if so, then this is a violation)
if not then writing " one's mother" is redundant and in a way discriminatory .
what do you mean by one's mother?? so the rest don't have mothers?? or are others male?

(B) Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother

I think what option B says is that the people who have complained includes the mother of the office owner and that the owner has sent the complimentary product to all including his own mother thereby has been impartial.

Hope this helps!

How can you under that the pronoun "one" refers to the same person...as I read it the subgroup involves a person's mother too...

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02 Oct 2018, 23:57
tarunanandani wrote:
option B-
including one's mother ! now does that include the mother of the person who complained? ( if so, then this is a violation)
if not then writing " one's mother" is redundant and in a way discriminatory .
what do you mean by one's mother?? so the rest don't have mothers?? or are others male?

(B) Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother

I think what option B says is that the people who have complained includes the mother of the office owner and that the owner has sent the complimentary product to all including his own mother thereby has been impartial.

Hope this helps!

How can you under that the pronoun "one" refers to the same person...as I read it the subgroup involves a person's mother too...

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As per my understanding there is no other singular proper noun in the sentence apart from office owner that singular pronoun 'one' can refer back, so I think the pronoun one refers back to the owner and not to plural noun 'all those who complain...'
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04 Oct 2018, 12:44
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Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particularly when dealing with family matters. This obligation extends to all aspects of the job, including hiring and firing practices and the quality of service the employee provides customers.

Which one of the following employee behaviors most clearly violates the company policy cited above?

(A) Refusing to hire any of one’s five siblings, even though they are each more qualified than any other applicant

(B) Receiving over 100 complaints about the service one’s office provides and sending a complimentary product to all those who complain, including one’s mother

(C) Never firing a family member, even though three of one’s siblings work under one’s supervision and authority

(D) Repeatedly refusing to advance an employee, claiming that he has sometimes skipped work and that his work has been sloppy, even though no such instances have occurred for over two years

(E) Promoting a family member over another employee in the company

great question to say the least

E-this option is incomplete because we dont know whether the family member which has been mentioned here is better or worse than the other employee.
D-key word in this option is over 2 years it might be the case that before that there will be issues with the employee
C-not even relevant
B-clearly he is being impartial, he/she would have been unfair towards his/her if he/she would have avoided sending gifts to his/her mother.
A-the only option left.
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06 Oct 2018, 00:06
I chose 'A' correctly, however, I eliminated 'D' because the stem states "hiring, firing and customer service" not promoting. Is this the correct line of reasoning or are there other reasons to eliminate 'D'?
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06 Oct 2018, 00:50
A. Correct, as the argument says the employee must be impartial, especially when dealing with family doesn't imply that employee deliberately has to reject his family members while hiring. Not hiring a family member who deserves the job is partial. (Partial)
B. Incorrect, If the employee would have sent the gift only to his mother cuz of the inconvenience, then we can consider this partial. (Impartial)
C. Incorrect, there must be a reason to fire someone; just becuz the person is a family member doesn't give the employee the athourity to fire that person for no reason (Impartial)
D. Incorrect, Record of last two years doesn't tell the whole story of the employee, so it doesn't tell whether the employee was partial.
E. Incorrect, This again doesn't tell whether this was done for a reason. Can't say again whether the employee is partial.
Re: Company policy: An employee of our company must be impartial, particul   [#permalink] 06 Oct 2018, 00:50
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