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Not going undercover

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Considering the popularity of CBS’s “Undercover Boss,” have you tried having executives work with your most challenging employee positions?

  • No, we don’t plan on doing anything like that, 78%
  • Yes, we did it before the show came out, 20%
  • No, but we are planning on doing it, 1.5%
  • Yes, we did it in response to the show, 0%

The participants in “Undercover Boss” have praised the effect that the show has had on their bottom line — even their company stock. Yet, few of our readers are even considering doing a similar experiment in their own companies. Why not?