Those are the startling findings of Jerry Newman, a professor at the University of Buffalo School Management, who went "back of the house" a to see how the other half lives.
Among other things, Jerry ...
- Went unnoticed by one "toxic manager" for four full days
- Suffered through the indignity of wearing a uniform shirt that was too small for him.
- Found that there were both smart and not-so-smart people working at fast-food places.
- Ended up with three herniated discs. "I was popping pain pills left and right just to survive," he says.
OK. Maybe I'm being a little unfair, but the notion that a university professor's research suddenly makes these things any more real or true is a bit silly. Still, I am now tempted to read the resulting book: "My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons from Behind the Counter Guaranteed to Supersize Any Management Style." (And, yes, I'm fully aware of making a breaking-news joke about this book, which came out way back in December of last year. I couldn't resist the easy joke. So sue me.)