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Many companies now have employee assistance programs that enable employees, free of charge, to improve their physical fitness, reduce stress, and learn ways to stop smoking. These programs increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care. Therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee.

Which of the following, if true, most significantly strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) Physical fitness programs are often the most popular services offered to employees.
(B) Studies have shown that training in stress management is not effective for many people.
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease and provides them with increased energy.
(D) Physical injuries sometimes result from entering a strenuous physical fitness program too quickly.
(E) Employee assistance programs require companies to hire people to supervise the various programs offered.

I got A and C left among other choices. But C is quite normal choice, at least in my opinion. NOrmally right but I couldn't find any remark on "regular exercise" from the question statement. Rather, in A, if the program is the most popular ones for employees, then, the conclusion ("therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee") should be strengthened. How do you guys think???
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Many companies now have employee assistance programs that enable employees, free of charge, to improve their physical fitness, reduce stress, and learn ways to stop smoking. These programs increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care. Therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee.

Which of the following, if true, most significantly strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) Physical fitness programs are often the most popular services offered to employees.
(B) Studies have shown that training in stress management is not effective for many people.
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease and provides them with increased energy.
(D) Physical injuries sometimes result from entering a strenuous physical fitness program too quickly.
(E) Employee assistance programs require companies to hire people to supervise the various programs offered.


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Many companies now have employee assistance programs that enable employees, free of charge, to improve their physical fitness, reduce stress, and learn ways to stop smoking. These programs increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care. Therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee.

Which of the following, if true, most significantly strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) Physical fitness programs are often the most popular services offered to employees.
(B) Studies have shown that training in stress management is not effective for many people.
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease and provides them with increased energy.
(D) Physical injuries sometimes result from entering a strenuous physical fitness program too quickly.
(E) Employee assistance programs require companies to hire people to supervise the various programs offered.


"B" and "D" weaken the arconclusion
"A" and "E" does not tell anything about the conclusion
"C" is the answer IMO
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But how does C benefits the company as the conclusion says.

Is the OA A?

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Richardson wrote:
Not clear...

Many companies now have employee assistance programs that enable employees, free of charge, to improve their physical fitness, reduce stress, and learn ways to stop smoking. These programs increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care. Therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee.

Which of the following, if true, most significantly strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) Physical fitness programs are often the most popular services offered to employees.
(B) Studies have shown that training in stress management is not effective for many people.-> WEAKENS
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease and provides them with increased energy.
(D) Physical injuries sometimes result from entering a strenuous physical fitness program too quickly. -> OOS
(E) Employee assistance programs require companies to hire people to supervise the various programs offered. ->WEAKENS

I got A and C left among other choices. But C is quite normal choice, at least in my opinion. NOrmally right but I couldn't find any remark on "regular exercise" from the question statement. Rather, in A, if the program is the most popular ones for employees, then, the conclusion ("therefore, these programs benefit the company as well as the employee") should be strengthened. How do you guys think???


IMO C
Strengthen means proicide support to premise or assumption to reach the concl :
A->physical fitness service being often offered does not strengthen that they are helpful to employee and employer !!!No comments about increased productivity and reduced absenteesm etc!!Just saying this service is a big hit or often used does not explain why its good Eliminate

C is just better in the given scenario !!!it just strengthens the premise that physical health of emloyees is improved by regular exercise !!!But yes no where in the argument regular exercise is mentioned !!But among given FIVE optins this is the best

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C

This choice provides two advantages:
1. Improves employees health and thereby provides increased energy to perform job and other activity

2. Also, helps the companies to reduce the insurance costs

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Which of the following, if true, most significantly strengthens the conclusion above?

(A) Physical fitness programs are often the most popular services offered to employees.
(B) Studies have shown that training in stress management is not effective for many people.
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease and provides them with increased energy.
(D) Physical injuries sometimes result from entering a strenuous physical fitness program too quickly.
(E) Employee assistance programs require companies to hire people to supervise the various programs offered.

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Only option C talks about the positives of the program. Hence the answer.

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But the stimulus does not mention anything about regular exercise...This is an additional assumption we will have to make. So, I chose A

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C, not a perfect answer,is the better of the other worst options.
A talks of popularity of the program. We have to strengthen the conclusion that the program is beneficial for both employees and the company. Even if you assume that the program being popular means it is beneficial to the employees, there is no mention here of how the popularity of the program makes it beneificial to the employer. Hence eliminated.

B and C actually highlight the negatives of the program- one says the program is not effective, and the second says that it may lead to physical injuried. both deny/negate/dilute the benefots to both employees and employers. Hence straight eliminater.

E is actually unrelated. Hiring more people - is it beneficial to employer or employees? we dont know- no direct correlation. Thue eliminated

C says that regular exercise decreases risk of heart attack- beneficial to employees- and increases energy- can be assumed that this extra energy is used at work and leads to better results- thus beneficial to employer. As for regularity of exercise, nowhere does the question statement talks of programs beig regular or not, it just says that programs help improve fitness etc. So we need not go into how the program does it.

Therefore, I think C with the minor assumption (extra energy = extra work) is the best option we can take out of the available ones.

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The stimulus talks about the benefits of employee assistance program which includes increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care and concludes stating that this is beneficial for both the company and the employees.

Keeping this mind, if you look at the options,

Option A is very generic and it simply informs that Physical fitness programs are popular services given to employees. This option does not talk about the program relating to the benefits which is the conclusion of the stimulus.

If you take option C, it talks about the health benefits which in turn is good for the employee and the company. If the employee is healthy (read it as reduction in risk of heart attack), then it helps in increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lessen insurance costs for employee health care. Hence the conclusion.

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C, not a perfect answer,is the better of the other worst options.
A talks of popularity of the program. We have to strengthen the conclusion that the program is beneficial for both employees and the company. Even if you assume that the program being popular means it is beneficial to the employees, there is no mention here of how the popularity of the program makes it beneificial to the employer. Hence eliminated.

B and C actually highlight the negatives of the program- one says the program is not effective, and the second says that it may lead to physical injuried. both deny/negate/dilute the benefots to both employees and employers. Hence straight eliminater.

E is actually unrelated. Hiring more people - is it beneficial to employer or employees? we dont know- no direct correlation. Thue eliminated

C says that regular exercise decreases risk of heart attack- beneficial to employees- and increases energy- can be assumed that this extra energy is used at work and leads to better results- thus beneficial to employer. As for regularity of exercise, nowhere does the question statement talks of programs beig regular or not, it just says that programs help improve fitness etc. So we need not go into how the program does it.

Therefore, I think C with the minor assumption (extra energy = extra work) is the best option we can take out of the available ones.

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I found nice discussion on this topic here
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I feel A is the answer.
The word regular is misleading.There is no mention that exercise must be done regularly.And also there is no mention that heart disease is the only reason for the employees to absent themselves.
Also A is the answer because the option tells that physical exercise is a popular option among employees and hence people are willing it take up the program .
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in the weakening questions we can include the information from out of scope inorder to
support or rather to strengthen the conclusion
so i dont think you should be tentative to receive any new information in the answer choice
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How can A be the answer. It is only talking about an action and not it's effect. It is possible that although it might be a popular service offered to the employees, it might actually be costing the company more and hence not "actually beneficial" to the company.

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Conclusion: these programs benefit the company as well as the employee.
Premise 1: Employees quit smoking, getting physical and mental benefits.
Premise 2: Good health of employees leading to less insurance cost.

(A) Premise and conclusion do not talk about the popularity of the program.
(B) weaken the argument.
(C) Regular exercise reduces people’s risk of heart disease(this is benefiting the employees) and provides them with increased energy(increased energy leads to good productivity leads to benefit for company).
(D) out of scope.
(E) yes true but company has already did that.

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The conclusion is that the programs benefit both companies and employees. For companies, reducing employees’ risk of heart disease is likely to reduce insurance costs, and increasing employee energy is likely to increase worker productivity. For employees, the benefits of having a reduced risk of heart disease and of having increased energy are self-evident. Choice C is the best answer.
Knowing which programs are popular does not bear on what benefits the programs confer, so choice A is incorrect. B and D indicate ways in which the programs can fail to provide the intended results, so neither of these is the correct answer. Having to hire additional personnel does not benefit a company, so choice E is not correct.

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