MBAs have traditionally been seen as a fast track to higher
salaries and senior management positions.
The average British company uses only 55 per cent of its office space
and two-thirds of employees are unhappy with their work environ-
ment, according to a survey recently undertaken by the design
consultancy Best Desks Consultancy. This inefficient use of space
equates to over £10 billion of waste in London alone. The advent of
wireless technology means that employees need no longer be tied to
fixed workstations with wires and cables and can work more flexibly.
Trend forecasters predict the following innovations to workspaces over
the next decade: more collaborative open-plan spaces to encourage
social networking; reservable mobile workstations; easily interlockable
office furniture; and bespoke ambient sound and lighting.
26) Staff productivity would be improved if workspaces were
more appealingly designed. (CAN’T TELL)
The passage presents arguments for designing work
environments more efficiently. It also makes the point that
employees can work more flexibly. But the passage does not
explicitly state that productivity would be improved this is
conjecture so the answer is CAN’T TELL.
27) The passage suggests that most British companies should
move into smaller premises, thus saving money. (FALSE)
Don’t be misled into thinking that this statement is true by
the sentence: This inefficient use of space equates to over £10
billion of waste in London alone. This is not a recommenda-
tion for companies to move to smaller premises.The answer
is FALSE.
28) Current working environments could be more personalised
to suit how individual employees like to work. (TRUE)
A prediction is made as follows: Trend forecasters predict the
following innovations to workspaces over the next decade: more
collaborative open-plan spaces to encourage social networking;
reservable mobile workstations; easily interlockable office furni-
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