Conclusion: the common notion that workers are generally apathetic about management issues is false.
Reasons: according to a survey
In this report, the author concludes that workers now are generally pathetic about management issues. To support this conclusion, the author cites a survey, in which 79 percent of responder expressed high interests in corporate restructuring and redesign programs. According to this survey, the author is confident that workers are now concerned with the corporate issues. However, close scrutiny reveals that these facts provide little credible support for the author’s conclusion.
To begin with, the argument is highly dependent on the described survey. However, the author does not mention anything about the survey was conducted by which ...view middle of the document...
Secondly, even if we can rely on this survey, the result of this survey merely means nothing. The author mentions that 79 percent of the nearly 1200 workers who responded to questionnaires expressed a high level of interest in corporate issues. The survey chose these 1200 workers as the sample. However, for the sample of a survey, the group of 1200 workers is rather small and not representative. We do not know what these workers’ jobs are, or which company they are working for. Besides, the survey only involves 1200 workers. Since there are thousands of millions of workers in the country, these 1200 workers cannot reflect other workers’ thoughts. In order to convince readers better, the survey needs to be based on a much bigger sample.
Finally, the author argues that 79 percent of responders expressed a high level of interest in the topics of corporate restructuring and redesign of benefits programs. However, the author’s conclusion is that workers now are pathetic about management issues. Surely, restructuring and redesign of benefits programs are par of management issues. But probably, these are the only issues that workers are interested in. For the remaining parts in corporate management issues, workers may show no interest. After all, the issues of restructuring and redesign of benefits are directly involved with workers themselves. For those management issues that are not directly related to workers’ own benefits, they will probably be apathetic.
In sum, the conclusion that workers now are generally pathetic about management issues is indefensible based on the evidence. To strengthen the argument, the author must provide more evidence on the credibility of the survey, and provide bigger sample groups. To better assess the argument, I would like to know more about responders’ answers to other management issues.