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A firm is considering changing its policy regarding daily working hours. Presently, the firm requires all employees to arrive at work at 9 a.m. The policy under consideration would permit each employee to decide when to arrive-from as early as 5 a.m. to as late as 12 noon.

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

A.Work without being disturbed by other employees
B.Interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday
C.Consult at least once a day with employees from other companies
D.Submit their work for a supervisor's eventual approval
E.Attend team meetings on work strategy at the office that generally take place between 9 and 10 am.

Enter the option letter/letters sequentially in the space given below
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Solution

Option A: If employees need to work without being disturbed by others, then a flexible reporting time policy is indeed better for productivity than a fixed reporting time policy as employees will be less likely to disturbed by others who may arrive at an earlier or at a later time.
Option B: Correct: If employees need to interact with each other throughout the day to work effectively, then a flexible reporting time policy will be counterproductive as different people will arrive at different times, thereby making frequent interactions difficult.
Option C: Once in a day consultation with the employees of other companies can be arranged by each employee on his/her own and a flexible reporting time policy is unlikely to make a difference to their productivity in this regard.
Option D: The work has to be 'eventually' submitted to the supervisor. So the employees need not come every day at a fixed time for this purpose. They can get their supervisor's approval once they complete their work.

Option E: Correct: If work strategy meetings take place between 9 and 10 and employees are given the flexibility to come anytime between 5 and 12, some of them may miss the meeting and this may lead to information loss and subsequent loss of productivity.

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