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    #1

    as concerns of telecommuting

    Dear teachers,

    In my test at my school, I was given the text below:
    "Clearly, change simply takes time. But in addition, there has been active resistance on the part of many managers. These executives claim that supervising the telecommuters in a large work force scattered across the country would be too difficult, or, at least, systems for managing them are not yet developed, thereby complicating the manager's responsibilities.

    It is also true that employees who are given the option of telecommuting are often reluctant to accept the opportunity. Most people feel that they need regular interaction with a group, and many are concerned that they will not have the same consideration for advancement if they are not more visible in the office setting. Some people feel that even when a space in their homes is set aside as a work area, they never really get away from the office."

    And the question is:
    The author mentions all of the following as concerns of telecommuting EXCEPT:
    A. the opportunities for advancement
    B. the unwillingness of supervisors
    C. The lack of interaction with a group
    D. the work place is in the home

    Please help me by shedding light on the reason why the answer to the question above is B.

    Actually I cannot find any suitable answer to this question because all the options refer to the reasons why managers and employees are not willing to do their jobs at home. Managers are worried about the poor management. Employees are worried about the chance of promotion; lack of interaction; and they are also concerned that although they, in fact don't go the office, they seem to be working in the office.

    Thank you very much for your help.


    Last edited by layman; 27-Feb-2017 at 11:23.

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    #2

    Re: as concerns of telecommuting

    This test was written and administered by non-native speakers. Possibly they don't know that manager and supervisor are synonymous.
    All the responses (except C) are poorly worded. All are mentioned in the text.

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    Re: as concerns of telecommuting

    "Manager" and "supervisor" aren't necessarily synonymous. A company can have several managers, several supervisors and lots of other employees with different job titles.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: as concerns of telecommuting

    Tell your school that that's a badly formed (and therefore unfair) question. None of the above choices can be the answer.

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    Re: as concerns of telecommuting

    And synonym does not necessarily imply they always have the exact same meaning. My thesaurus list manager (among others) as a synonym for supervisor and supervisor (among others) as a synonym for manager.

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