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I would first paraphrase the question which is basically asking why is the trial stupid? I know that sounds pretty basic but honestly that's the way you can cut through this stuff. A is speaking to how representative the sample was, or wasn't in this case. It's very common on the GMAT for representativeness to come up. It's one of the key reasons that evidence can be dismissed.

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To evaluate a plan to save money on office space expenditures by having its employees work at home, XYZ Company asked volunteers from its staff to try the assignment for six months. During this period, the productivity of these employees was as high or higher than before.

Pre-thinking - what if the employees who took in plan are not representative of the overall workforce

Which of the following, if true, would argue most strongly against deciding on the basis of the trial results, to implement the company's plan?

(A) The employees who agreed to participate in the test of the plan were among the company's most self-motivated and independent workers. - Correct - the sample of employees who volunteered is not representative of the employees of company as a whole
(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company. - Incorrect
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially lower than that of XYZ. - Irrelevant - the size of workforce is immaterial
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing at work. - IIrrelevant - this explains how the work from home employees ensured that communication was not impacted
(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 - Irrelevant - we are not bothered about other ways

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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.
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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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