A catering company prepared and served 300 meals at an anniversary celebration last week using eight workers.

QUESTION:

A catering company prepared and served 300 meals at an anniversary celebration last week using eight workers. The week before, six workers prepared and served 240 meals at a wedding reception?

(1) For which event was the labor productivity higher? Explain?

(2) What are some possible reasons for productivity differences?

SOLUTION:

(1) Anniversary = 300 / 8 = 37.5 meals/worker; Wedding = 240 / 6 = 40 meals/worker.

(2) Possible reasons are differences in the menu, number of courses, time of day, facilities, and worker skills/experience.

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