Why is This on My TV? Undercover Boss
How many times have you worked side by side with boss of your company, and had something good come from it? If you said never, then either you're working for the wrong company or your boss just hasn't gone "undercover" yet.
In any case I've watched several episodes of this CBS reality series, and I have to be honest and say that I'm probably a tad jaded in regard to this show.
The premise of the series is pretty straightforward. Each episode features a different company boss (CEO, director of Marketing and Branding,etc) and each of these people "go undercover" in their own companies.
The process includes a makeover (sometimes actually a believable one) and each boss is transformed into someone who is vying for a chance to either become a new employee in the company, win a chance to own a franchise or some other excuse to work alongside other employees within their own company.
In every case, these executives get their hands dirty doing work they either have never had to do, or haven't done in quite some time.
And in each episode we see these executives come into contact with many employees who they would almost never have known under any other circumstance, and they always seem to come away from the contact a little wiser as to what their subordinates have to deal with on a daily basis.
Now I don't know about you, but I was a part of the labor force for many years, and I swear to you that I never had one boss in any company that I labored for, care about me and my personal problems ever.
I've seen a lot of feel good stories come out of this prime time reality program, but I seriously have to question the show's authenticity all the same.
I'm sure many of you reading this review feel the same way I do, I mean honestly when someone's called up to an executive's office, nothing good ever comes from that encounter in most cases.
I wish that the experiences that these company employees have on this show were the norm for the rest of us, but the stark reality is that a boss going undercover in their own company is the abnormality...not the norm, and most of us can only live vicariously through the employees who's hearts desires seem to come true after their horrible bosses get a taste of what it's like to toil in a crappy job for a few days in their own company.