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GMATNinja MartyMurray what is the issue with E? If the managers are not good at hiring shouldn't that be a challenge? Please help, thanks!
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GMATNinja MartyMurray what is the issue with E? If the managers are not good at hiring shouldn't that be a challenge? Please help, thanks!


Vaishvii Important question! It's essential to focus on finding a challenge with the EXACT plan in the passage, which is a prediction about a future outcome of a certain action. We are not looking for just any "challenge"; it must connect to the future goal and action specified by the plan.

In general, on a "Plan" question, we want to make sure we understand the Goal and the Action:

Goal: "gradually improve average employee productivity"

Action: "a new policy of filling permanent positions in the company only with people who have already worked for the company in temporary positions. ...workers who proved less productive in the temporary positions will not be hired for the permanent positions."

In summary, the plan is to test out the workers first, and make them prove themselves, before promoting them from temporary positions to permanent positions.

Therefore, E is actually a strengthener for this plan, and an Opposite trap. E is a challenge with how things have been done in the past — managers have been unsuccessful at predicting a worker's productivity "before hiring them", so this plan of making the workers prove themselves in a temporary position makes a lot of sense as a future improvement.

In general, it's helpful to be aware of tenses and timelines.

Please let me know if this helps or if you have further questions!
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Vaishvii wrote:
GMATNinja MartyMurray what is the issue with E? If the managers are not good at hiring shouldn't that be a challenge? Please help, thanks!


Vaishvii Important question! It's essential to focus on finding a challenge with the EXACT plan in the passage, which is a prediction about a future outcome of a certain action. We are not looking for just any "challenge"; it must connect to the future goal and action specified by the plan.

In general, on a "Plan" question, we want to make sure we understand the Goal and the Action:

Goal: "gradually improve average employee productivity"

Action: "a new policy of filling permanent positions in the company only with people who have already worked for the company in temporary positions. ...workers who proved less productive in the temporary positions will not be hired for the permanent positions."

In summary, the plan is to test out the workers first, and make them prove themselves, before promoting them from temporary positions to permanent positions.

Therefore, E is actually a strengthener for this plan, and an Opposite trap. E is a challenge with how things have been done in the past — managers have been unsuccessful at predicting a worker's productivity "before hiring them", so this plan of making the workers prove themselves in a temporary position makes a lot of sense as a future improvement.

In general, it's helpful to be aware of tenses and timelines.

Please let me know if this helps or if you have further questions!



This is super helpful! Thanks!
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Can someone comment on my thinking?

Technically, the argument is about improving the average productivity of the workers. This means average of full-time and temporary workers.

Answer choice B is saying that most of the temp workers would be more highly motivated and that they are not as highly motivated as they would be as permanent worker.

Does this not mean that by having more temp workers as part of this new temp-to-permanent requirement, that the average productivity will be lower?

Think of it as a weighted average questions.

Temps are less productive than permanent. If we increase ratio of temps in the workforce, then average productivity will be lower.

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Vaishvii wrote:
GMATNinja MartyMurray what is the issue with E? If the managers are not good at hiring shouldn't that be a challenge? Please help, thanks!

Vaishvii Important question! It's essential to focus on finding a challenge with the EXACT plan in the passage, which is a prediction about a future outcome of a certain action. We are not looking for just any "challenge"; it must connect to the future goal and action specified by the plan.

In general, on a "Plan" question, we want to make sure we understand the Goal and the Action:

Goal: "gradually improve average employee productivity"

Action: "a new policy of filling permanent positions in the company only with people who have already worked for the company in temporary positions. ...workers who proved less productive in the temporary positions will not be hired for the permanent positions."

In summary, the plan is to test out the workers first, and make them prove themselves, before promoting them from temporary positions to permanent positions.

Therefore, E is actually a strengthener for this plan, and an Opposite trap. E is a challenge with how things have been done in the past — managers have been unsuccessful at predicting a worker's productivity "before hiring them", so this plan of making the workers prove themselves in a temporary position makes a lot of sense as a future improvement.

In general, it's helpful to be aware of tenses and timelines.

Please let me know if this helps or if you have further questions!

­Hi, could you please help in eliminating option C. My thinking was that since fewer permanent positions are available than productive workers then the productive workers who are not selected for the permanent jobs will be demotivated and not be as productive.

As I am writing this I realise I made a bit of a leap. 
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