johnny larue wrote:
So I was watching a repeat of "Undercover Boss" last weekend after football...first time I've ever seen an episdoe, though I saw plenty of promos last season. After watching the 7-11 CEO slug it out on the front lines and come away with a better understanding of what the peons of his company do (from the bakers to the store clerks to the delivery drivers) I can understand the attraction of the show. And when he reveals to some of the peons he encountered his real identity at the end and gave them assorted rewards/bonuses for being such great workers, that was certainly a great "feel good" moment (followed by epilogues on each of the employees).
Of course, giving a 3rd shift immigrant truck driver who is perfectly happy doing what he's doing his own 7-11 franchise (allowing him to "be his own boss") sounds good on paper, but that is going to open up a whole new set of headaches for the guy, especially if he has no experience in cash management, employee management, or inventory management. He might have been happier staying behind the wheel of his truck.
Anyway...how much longer can they do this show? After being on a major network for a year or 2, I would be mighty suspicious if a multi-camera and sound crew showed up one day at work and started filming a piece about "new employee orientation" or training or whatever with some middle aged individual as the "trainee". I would think it's going to be near impossible to protect the "cover" of the boss going forwards. This will go the way of "Joe Millionaire" where once the premise is out, you really can't continue to do it week in and week out. I hope they got a lot of them in the can.