Alex Decision : Break Time Vs. No Break Time

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In the Goal, Alex is facing the controversy of changing the break times in order to improve the capacity of the bottleneck. Changing the break time hours of the employees will allow Alex to have an employee at the bottleneck machine at all times which would increase capacity and productivity.

D: change the break time hours for my employees
D': leave the existing hours for employee's break time
B: increase capacity of the bottleneck
C: ensure that my employees are satisfied
A: ensure that the company is profitable
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In order to ensure that the company is profitable I must increase capacity of the bottleneck and in order to increase capacity of the bottleneck I must change the break time hours for my employees. But, in order to ensure that the company is profitable I must also ensure that my employees are satisfied and in order to ensure that my employees are satisfied I must leave the existing hours for employee's break time. I can't both change the break time hours for my employees and leave the existing hours for employee's break time.
RelationAssumption(s)Injection(s)
D-D'i can't leave the existing hours and have the machine work at all times.if Alex hire employees who do not belong to union, then he can create a more flexible policy which can satisfy his need
B-Dthe bottleneck needs someone to operate the machine during the break timeif the machine could have a button that could run without supervision, then the bottleneck will not need someone to operate the machine during the break time
C-D'they will not be used to have break time at a different hourfinding the right incentive to change employees mind about the break time, then they will feel more engage with different break hours
A-Bincreasing capacity will lead to a more productive and efficient companyIf we use an older machine which is able to eliminate the bottleneck, then there's no need to change the break time hours of the employees
A-Cthe more satisfied the employees are, the more they will produce for the companythere is no injection for this particular assumption