QUESTION TEXT: Company president: Grievance procedures should allow the…
QUESTION TYPE: Strengthen
CONCLUSION: It wouldn’t be such a good idea to start mediation late in the process of a grievance.
REASONING: There isn’t a reason given. The president does mention that grievances are expensive overall.
ANALYSIS: The president likes mediation. He just doesn’t think it will work in later stages. The wrong answers all weaken the idea that mediation is useful at any stage: they contradict the president.
To strengthen the president’s argument, we need to show that mediation is not useful at a late stage.
- This weakens the president’s argument that a mediator would be a good idea if used early.
- That’s nice. But for disputes that aren’t solved, the president is arguing that mediators may cut costs.
- CORRECT. If the mediator arrives late in the process they won’t be able to help the two parties agree. The positions will often have hardened.
- This would be true at the start or the end of the mediation process. But the president thinks mediators are a good idea at the start.
- This weakens the president’s argument that we should use mediation in the early stages.
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