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# Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality

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Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the program’s existence than they were at the program’s start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCETP:
(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful .
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.

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05 Jun 2009, 06:07
I'll go with E. The argument is saying participation in "Quality Circles program" has resulted in "less satisfaction"

(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful . - Provides alternate reason for decreased satisfaction
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles. - means the decreased satisfaction was not due to Quality Circles program
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism - while participating employees have shown 2 PRIMARY indicators of improved satisfaction. That means there must be some other reason for decreased satisfaction.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased. - Quality Circles has been successful in other companies, weakens the argument.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations. - this is the correct choice. It doesn't matter what people thought of
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05 Jun 2009, 07:21
The conclusion is: Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.

Eliminating any supported assumption,

so OA is E
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06 Jun 2009, 10:48
It's E

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