GMAT Question of the Day: Daily via email | Daily via Instagram New to GMAT Club? Watch this Video

 It is currently 22 Feb 2020, 22:13

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# To evaluate a plan to save money on office space

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 17 Aug 2005
Posts: 116
To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2005, 11:05
5
1
14
00:00

Difficulty:

5% (low)

Question Stats:

90% (01:23) correct 10% (01:52) wrong based on 2152 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

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.

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.
(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company.
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially lower than that of XYZ.
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing at work.
(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
VP
Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 1086
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2005, 15:23
1
(A) The employees who agreed to participate in the test of the plan were among the company's most self-motivated and independent workers.
Senior Manager
Joined: 03 Nov 2004
Posts: 366
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2005, 15:59
2
A here as well , because these workers were high performers before and seem like by taking the out of the office they still have 'as high or higher' productivy than before so the company didnt save much if anything at all.
Senior Manager
Joined: 27 Aug 2005
Posts: 279
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2005, 16:20
2
A here as well, because the argument relies on the assumption that the results of the test would be replicated in the general employee population. But A contradicts this assumption by telling us that the test segment isn't representative of the population as a whole, and that the implementation plan is likely to have lower results than the test did.
CEO
Joined: 07 Jul 2004
Posts: 3131
Location: Singapore
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Sep 2005, 05:56
A for me. Choice A states that the participants of the trial are the company's most motivated staff. If so, the trial might not be a good indicator since if implemened, it might not give as good a result as desired since some of the less motivated staff would also be on the program.
Senior Manager
Joined: 11 May 2004
Posts: 328
Location: New York
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Sep 2005, 09:13
I would say A.

This problem shows one of the common errors with CR: using a small sample to expand on the overall population.
Manager
Joined: 24 Feb 2007
Posts: 108
Location: nj
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 11:31
1
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 arrangement for six months. During this period, the productivity of these employees was as high as or higher than before.

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.
(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company, apart from any productivity increase.
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ.
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing the work.
(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.

SVP
Joined: 30 Apr 2008
Posts: 1565
Location: Oklahoma City
Schools: Hard Knocks
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 11:51
1
A, though no answer is great.

The conclusion is actually found in the question stem. We figure out that the conclusion is essentially (I'm paraphrasing) "Therefore, we should implement the work-at-home policy on a permanent basis."

This is a Weaken CR question. We get the conclusion in the question stem and are told to find the answer that supports deciding against this conclusion, so approaching this to "weaken" the conclusion should be the way to handle it.

neeshpal wrote:
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 arrangement for six months. During this period, the productivity of these employees was as high as or higher than before.

Identification of Assumptions: 1) The productivity of the employees who participated in the program

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.

This undermines the ability to make the conclusion that the plan is effective and shoudl be implemented. These volunteers are going to be productive regardless of where they are. The question is the average employee. Is that employee going to be less productive? This doesn't completey blow the conclusion out of the water, but it adds doubt to the reliability of the conclusion to implement the work-at-home plan.

(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company, apart from any productivity increase.
This uses a logical occurance, that money would be saved for other reasons, but in the end, it supports the conclusion that the work at home plan should be used, even though for a different reason than is concluded above. Incorrect.
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ.

[color=#FF0000]This doesn't give us a reason to doubt this particular conclusion. We need to undermine one of the premises or assumptions made by the company to come to this conclusion. Looking at other companies is irrelevant to this decision. Incorrect.

[/color]
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing the work.

This may be true, and it accounts for the reason the employees were productive, but we're looking for reasons that undermine the conclusion or make the conclusion LESS sound. Incorrect.

(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.
This does offer and alternative approach, but this doesn't attach the conclusion. It just provides an alternative solution to increase employees productivity. The goal was not to save money on office-related expenditures by having the employees work from home. Incorrect.
Manager
Joined: 27 Mar 2008
Posts: 59
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 12:22
A, I think the real issue is productivity.

To strengthen, prove that workers w/ lower productivity now have higher

To weaken, prove works w/ high productivity never changed, so does not apply to firmwide
Senior Manager
Joined: 30 Jun 2007
Posts: 446
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 12:30
(A) The employees who agreed to participate in the test of the plan were among the company’s most self-motivated and independent workers. [ This weakens the argument - hold it]
(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company, apart from any productivity increase. [Argument is looking for improving productivity - saving is irrelevant]

(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ. [other offices is not discussed in the argument - eliminate it]

(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing the work. [ May be true -but has no effect on improving productivity]

(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. ["would" yield has no bearring on the current trial - eliminate it]

Manager
Joined: 24 Feb 2007
Posts: 108
Location: nj
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 12:35

Then on second look i it came to me that company's plan is to save money through office space expenditures (or we can say by saving office space that employees were using and to use it for some other reason so that profit increases) and not throgh by increasing employees productivity so i chose C. But OA is A here.

the reason to implement plan is to make profit by saving office space so howcome the answer is based on the reason that the employee productivity increased.

am i understanding it wrong ?

jallenmorris wrote:
A, though no answer is great.

The conclusion is actually found in the question stem. We figure out that the conclusion is essentially (I'm paraphrasing) "Therefore, we should implement the work-at-home policy on a permanent basis."

This is a Weaken CR question. We get the conclusion in the question stem and are told to find the answer that supports deciding against this conclusion, so approaching this to "weaken" the conclusion should be the way to handle it.

neeshpal wrote:
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 arrangement for six months. During this period, the productivity of these employees was as high as or higher than before.

Identification of Assumptions: 1) The productivity of the employees who participated in the program

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.

This undermines the ability to make the conclusion that the plan is effective and shoudl be implemented. These volunteers are going to be productive regardless of where they are. The question is the average employee. Is that employee going to be less productive? This doesn't completey blow the conclusion out of the water, but it adds doubt to the reliability of the conclusion to implement the work-at-home plan.

(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company, apart from any productivity increase.
This uses a logical occurance, that money would be saved for other reasons, but in the end, it supports the conclusion that the work at home plan should be used, even though for a different reason than is concluded above. Incorrect.
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ.

[color=#FF0000]This doesn't give us a reason to doubt this particular conclusion. We need to undermine one of the premises or assumptions made by the company to come to this conclusion. Looking at other companies is irrelevant to this decision. Incorrect.

[/color]
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing the work.

This may be true, and it accounts for the reason the employees were productive, but we're looking for reasons that undermine the conclusion or make the conclusion LESS sound. Incorrect.

(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.
This does offer and alternative approach, but this doesn't attach the conclusion. It just provides an alternative solution to increase employees productivity. The goal was not to save money on office-related expenditures by having the employees work from home. Incorrect.
SVP
Joined: 30 Apr 2008
Posts: 1565
Location: Oklahoma City
Schools: Hard Knocks
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Jul 2008, 12:40
neeshpal - don't forget that we are looking to undermine the conclusion that the plan should be implemented.

C is
1) Irrelevant to this company's results. This brings in new information, which is ok for a weaken question, but the information is not relevant.

2) The information also actually strengthens the question. It shows how another company did this and saved money. This lends support to why this company should want to do the same thing. This is the opposite of "weaken".
Manager
Joined: 07 Apr 2012
Posts: 87
Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 590 Q48 V23
GPA: 3.9
WE: Operations (Manufacturing)
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 Nov 2013, 06:19
Can someone help here.

I have reservation against A.

If those folks were independently productive, then why to bear the overhead of office expense of those folks. Let them work from home. Our goal is to cut down on office expense so we ll save on office expenses and would not compromise on productivity

Whats wrong...

Left with no other possible explanation I went for C.
Senior Manager
Status: Verbal Forum Moderator
Joined: 17 Apr 2013
Posts: 447
Location: India
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V36
GMAT 2: 750 Q51 V41
GMAT 3: 790 Q51 V49
GPA: 3.3
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jun 2014, 16:00
ygdrasil24 wrote:
Can someone help here.

I have reservation against A.

If those folks were independently productive, then why to bear the overhead of office expense of those folks. Let them work from home. Our goal is to cut down on office expense so we ll save on office expenses and would not compromise on productivity

Whats wrong...

Left with no other possible explanation I went for C.

Prethinking: We have chosen a sample space, few employees and we concluded that since with few test employee the Plan was successful, it will be always successful.
But here comes the point that we should challenge our thinking, can we generalize that if with few employees a plan testing has been successful then it would be so with everyone. Chances are these were very loyal employees and others won't. Also, these employees who were tested and gave good productivity were the most talented among the co-workers. Chances are that these people has ample work experience and Knowledge to be Productive and other employees wont have such capability. We have to negate and break the Hypothesis that if a test with few employee has been successful it will be successful with every one else and A wins.
Manager
Joined: 11 Sep 2013
Posts: 131
Concentration: Finance, Finance
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

04 Aug 2014, 11:46
Think, If I agree with the selected option, it will not help me

(A) The employees who agreed to participate in the test of the plan were among the company’s most self-motivated and independent workers. ( Ah, not all are self motivated, so if I agree it will not not be good for company)
(B) The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be sufficient to justify the arrangement for the company, apart from any productivity increase. ( concerned about productivity)
(C) Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ. (Not related, stick to this company)
(D) The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as necessary for performing the work. (will help)
(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.(help)
Retired Moderator
Status: Getting strong now, I'm so strong now!!!
Affiliations: National Institute of Technology, Durgapur
Joined: 04 Jun 2013
Posts: 383
Location: United States (DE)
GPA: 3.32
WE: Information Technology (Health Care)
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

11 Jan 2015, 21:27
1
Given that employees of the XYZ Company could, in theory, do their work at home, the company developed a radical plan to increase efficiency: eliminate office-space expenditures by having employees work at home.To evaluate this plan, XYZ’s managers asked volunteers from the
company’s staff to try the arrangement for six months. There were several volunteers; significantly,
their productivity during this period was as high as or higher than before.

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.
B. The savings that would accrue from reduced office-space expenditures alone would be
sufficient to justify implementation of the plan apart from any productivity increases.
C. Other companies that have achieved successful results from work-at-home plans have work
forces that are substantially larger than that of XYZ.
D. The volunteers who worked at home were able to communicate with other employees as
necessary for performing the work.
E. Recent changes in the way work is organized at XYZ’s company offices have not brought
Intern
Joined: 17 Jul 2013
Posts: 17
Location: India
GPA: 3.5
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Jan 2015, 18:12
IMO - A
A. attacks the group of people who were part of the trail.
B. not against the trail results
C. irrelevant info about other companies
D. irrelevant info - not against the trail results
E. irrelevant info about work organisation - not against the trail info.
Affiliations: MBA Prep Coach
Joined: 24 Mar 2015
Posts: 2647
Farrell D Hehn: MBA
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jun 2016, 14:57
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.

Farrell Dyan Hehn, MBA
Admissions Consultant & Verbal Tutor MBAPrepCoach.com
_________________
Verified reviews posted on http://MBAPrepCoach.com
Verbal Forum Moderator
Status: Greatness begins beyond your comfort zone
Joined: 08 Dec 2013
Posts: 2455
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
Schools: Kelley '20, ISB '19
GPA: 3.2
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Jan 2017, 21:32
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

_________________
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford
The Moment You Think About Giving Up, Think Of The Reason Why You Held On So Long
Intern
Joined: 21 Oct 2015
Posts: 3
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 May 2017, 05:15
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.
Re: To evaluate a plan to save money on office space   [#permalink] 30 May 2017, 05:15

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 26 posts ]

Display posts from previous: Sort by