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An industry wants to change its policy concerning daily working hours. Currently, this company requires all employees to arrive at work at 7 a.m. The proposed policy would permit each employee to decide when to arrive-from as early as 5 a.m. to as late as 10 a.m.

The adoption of this policy would be most likely to decrease employees’ productivity if the employees’ job functions required them to


work without interruption from other employees


consult at least once a day with employees from other companies


submit their work for a supervisor’s eventual approval


interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday


undertake projects that take several days to complete

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Option(D) is correct

Option A : Working without interruption would likely mean improved productivity.

Option B : Assuming that all employees are in the same time zone (we are not told otherwise), the flexible hours would still leave plenty of time for at least one daily consultation during the regular business hours of the workday.

Option C : Eventual approval indicates that the flexibility exists to permit employees’ submissions at any time.

Option D :  Correct. The wide range of flexibility in regards to working hours would make frequent interaction difficult, if not impossible, and would be likely to decrease employees’ productivity.

Option E : We are not told that the projects involve significant interaction; so such projects would be accomplished just as easily on the proposed flexible schedule.

The correct answer is D.

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