Read the following scenario and answer the TWO questions that follow.

The CEO of the Jamshedpur Tea Factory (JTF) was in a quandary over employees skipping work. It was becoming increasingly difficult for him to identify employees who faked illness to skip work. The work of the employees was complex and intricate, and they had to report to eight supervisors. “Faking illness” made it difficult for JTF to judiciously decide on “Promotion” and “Training” of employees. An employee could only be promoted on the completion of a multi-skilling training program. Further, to be nominated for the training program, an employee must be recommended by a minimum of six supervisors. JTF wanted to promote only sincere and deserving employees.

Question 41

The CEO was thinking of changing the policy regarding leave, training & promotion.
Which of the following will be the MOST efficient course of action for JTF and yet be fair to the employees?


Option E is the correct answer because it strikes a balance between centralized control and decentralized input. Allowing the CEO office to decide on leave ensures consistency and fairness in leave policies, preventing individual supervisors from making subjective decisions. On the other hand, involving supervisors in recommending promotions utilizes their insights into individual employee performance, dedication, and suitability for multi-skilling training. This dual approach ensures that decisions on leave and promotions are well-informed, fair, and consider both the broader organizational perspective and the specific performance at the supervisor level.

Option A: Leaves and promotions require different considerations, and leaving both to supervisors may lack consistency.

Option B: Centralizing promotion decisions with the CEO office and delegating leave decisions to supervisors may lead to inconsistencies and lack of coordination.

Option C: Complete centralization of leave and promotion decisions may not consider the nuanced understanding supervisors have of individual employee performance.

Option D: Maintaining the status quo may not address the challenges of identifying employees faking illness and may not ensure fair promotions.

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