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One can learn a lot from these episodes, mainly about how most jobs are so difficult
on June 14, 2013
Every episode starts out the same way. The CEO is going to spend time with the rank and file. This will help the CEO to manage the whole organization and will serve to extend the CEO's influence.
However, the CEO soon finds out that the rank and file work much harder than anticipated or believed. Also, they are comparatively guileless. Usually, there's one worker that requires a reprimand while all the others are somewhere between lucky to have a job in this recession and flat out exploited.
What grabs me is how humble the workers are - in each episode.
The sad part for me is the ending in each episode. The CEO at the end announces what he's done and how he'll now focus on the right things, while the workers applaud. It's staged like Caesar returning to Rome after campaigns in Gaul. Only it seemed things would not get better because the macro trends are not within control of the CEO.
Warning: Sometimes the CEO going undercover isn't that plausible. For example, the White Castle CEO-owner going to work at a White Castle was not believable. He just didn't look at all like any of the employees at the store level and I doubt anybody there thought he was really interested in that sort of job. Actually, most of the time it wasn't plausible that the CEO of these companies would consider the jobs they "trained" for - and that's why the ruse of doing a documentary was doubly necessary.