GMAT Essay Topic 504 - The following appeared as part of an article in a computer magazine. "A year ago Apex Manufacturing bought its managers computers for their homes and paid for telephone connections so that they could access Apex computers and data files from home after normal business hours. Since last year, productivity at Apex has increased by 15 percent. Other companies can learn from the success at Apex: given home computers and access to company resources, employees will work additional hours at home and thereby increase company profits." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.
The author of the argument has given the credits for the increased productivity of the Apex Manufacturing to its scheme. In the scheme, the company has bought computer for its manager in thier homes and has also paid for the telephone connections so that the managers could access data files from home even after normal business hours. Further the author has suggested other companies to learn from the Apex Manufacturing success. However the argument is flawed because of the following reasons.
First of all, the author has assumed that the fifteen percent increased in the productivity of the company is solely because of the scheme. According to the author, since the company has provided computers to its managers for their homes, the mangers have worked even after the normal working hours and has led to the increased in the profits. The author has neglected the facts that there can be other reasons as well. The productivity of the company may have increased because of the market trend. Earlier the market may be not feasible for good production which may not be the case now.
Further the author has not mentioned anything about the company’s previous profit record. The previous record may be very low and the increased of fifteen percent may not be a great success for the company. The argument lacks proper data and figures for the comparison.
Secondly, the author has neglected the role of other employees of the company. They may have contributed to the greater extend for the success. Even the argument has not mentioned anything about the timeline of the procurement of raw materials and their deliveries.
Finally, the author has wrongly assumed that providing home computers and working additional works at home would increase the profit of a company. The case may yield reverse result. Working for additional hours will hamper the employees personal life. And would yield decrease in the productivity. The managers may feel frustrated working after the normal office works. They may find it depressing and stressful which would yield in negative productivity.
Therefore to strengthen the argument, firstly the author should have provided data and figures for better comparison of former and later profits of the company. There should have been mentioned of all other facts which contribute in the productivity of the company. the facts like other employees’ participation, procurement of goods, market trends etc.