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# When construction workers start taking breaks from work to keep from b

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When construction workers start taking breaks from work to keep from burning out, a cyclical chain of events starts. Such breaks during work hours lead to increased work load, which in turn prompts construction managers to exert pressure on the workers to finish their tasks as soon as possible. This, in turn, leads construction workers to take longer and more frequent breaks.
The cyclical chain of events described above could not result unless which of the following were true?

A. Managers discourage workers from taking any kind of breaks, even for preventing burnouts, during working hours.

B. Many workers do not take work breaks and do not believe that work breaks help them increase their productivity.

C. Many construction companies do not deduct money from workers’ wages for taking frequent breaks from work.

D. Construction companies whose workers do not take frequent breaks have good gyms where the employees can work out and evade burnout.

E. When managers estimate timings to complete a project, they do not account for breaks taken by workers.

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12 Sep 2018, 20:31
Cbirole wrote:
When construction workers start taking breaks from work to keep from burning out, a cyclical chain of events starts. Such breaks during work hours lead to increased work load, which in turn prompts construction managers to exert pressure on the workers to finish their tasks as soon as possible. This, in turn, leads construction workers to take longer and more frequent breaks.
The cyclical chain of events described above could not result unless which of the following were true?

A. Managers discourage workers from taking any kind of breaks, even for preventing burnouts, during working hours.

B. Many workers do not take work breaks and do not believe that work breaks help them increase their productivity.

C. Many construction companies do not deduct money from workers’ wages for taking frequent breaks from work.

D. Construction companies whose workers do not take frequent breaks have good gyms where the employees can work out and evade burnout.

E. When managers estimate timings to complete a project, they do not account for breaks taken by workers.

Let me try on this question.
A - Negating this will not hurt the conclusion. In other words, Managers do not care workers will take breaks or not
B - their opinion does not matter
C - we do not care about money they earn
D - we do not care the comparison of their physical ability
E - Negate this one; Manager includes breaks of workers. Yes! if managers includes the even in the plan, they will not exert the pressure on workers. Thus, longer breaks will not happen
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13 Sep 2018, 11:49
This is an assumption question.
The question can be done by two methods either by POE or negation test:

A. Managers discourage workers from taking any kind of breaks, even for preventing burnouts, during working hours.

B. Many workers do not take work breaks and do not believe that work breaks help them increase their productivity. "Here we are not talking about the belief of workers".

C. Many construction companies do not deduct money from workers’ wages for taking frequent breaks from work. 'Money is not a relevant factor here".

D. Construction companies whose workers do not take frequent breaks have good gyms where the employees can work out and evade burnout. "We are not interested in different work cultures of construction companies".

E. When managers estimate timings to complete a project, they do not account for breaks taken by workers.

Here option E directly hitting the root cause of the situation. If the manager would consider breaks of workers then this cyclical effect cannot come into the action.

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