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# To evaluate a plan to save money on office space

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15 Aug 2017, 21:53
A is correct: The statement alone provides a good reasoning not to implement the plan. The employees that participated in the trial were self-motivated.

Situation - In order to save money on office space expenditures, the company considers having employees work at home for a 6 months trial. The employees who have volunteered to test the plan shows their productivity to be as high as or higher than before.

Reasoning: Prove that the trial results NOT provide a good reason to implement the plan.
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31 May 2018, 04:11
Option A is a straight forward choice. Its a skewed sample. What if other employees who did not volunteer are not self motivated and not independent. Might not result in sustained benefits.
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20 Jun 2018, 01:51
Premise:
To save money on office space expenditures, a company considers having employees work at home. A six-month trial with employees who have volunteered to test the plan shows their productivity to be as high as or higher than before.

Pre-thinking:
Why would the trial results NOT provide a good reason to implement the plan?
- Generalizing from a small sample to the group depends on having a sample that is representative. In this case, the employees who participated in the trial are not representative of all employees. The employees who volunteered for the trial may be the type of employees who would be most likely to work successfully at home. It would not be wise to base a generalization about all employees on this sample.

A Correct.
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07 Oct 2018, 11:15
A) The employees who agreed to participate in the test of the plan were among the company's most self-motivated and independent workers.
its not working at home that increased prod, its motivation!

(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company.
not touching the concern

(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially lower than that of XYZ.
not touching the concern

(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing at work.
communication doesnot imply increase in prod. not a concrete proof

(E) Minor changes in the way office work is organized at XYZ would yield increases in employee productivity similar to those achieved in the trial
not talking abt home!
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08 Oct 2018, 02:22
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dinhlongle wrote:
I came with A but not really satisfied with the OA.
-What is the goal here? Expenditures on office space or productivity. Yes workers who were volunteers are productive no matter where they work. But this point does not necessarily argue against the trial. However, the company does save some money for the office. If they go on and assign productive workers work-from-home tasks, bingo, save a lot.
What we can really say if A is true is that we have to ask more volunteers to test the trial to see how can it become a good move.

Hey dinhlongle, you are right that the strategy produced savings for sure, but let's carefully look at the question: we are asked about deciding on the basis of the trial results - that is, on the basis of the fact that productivity went up. The fact that there are savings, while true, is not relevant to the question of productivity.
To put another way: we don't have to argue that the company should abandon the policy. we do have to argue that the fact that employees had higher productivity (and the fact only) is not a good reason to do this.
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08 Oct 2019, 21:03
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