Debate: Should company bosses make more tea?

Should more bosses make the tea?LEON FOUNDER MUCKS IN WITH THE “CRAP JOBS” AT HIS OWN RESTAURANTS

More bosses should do the “crap jobs” at the organisations they run to show staff they’re prepared to muck in, says the CEO and co-founder of healthy fast food chain Leon – who even cleans the toilets at his restaurants (yes, really). This will also improve their understanding of what daily life is like for junior employees, he claims.

Graduates often report feeling under-valued when they’re asked to carry out menial tasks, which undermines their confidence and can jeopardise their feelings towards their employer. In a recent interview, Leon boss John Vincent said he happily cleans the bathrooms and takes out the bins at his own restaurants, to foster a feeling of teamwork and help boost morale among more junior employees. He told The Times:

“I wouldn’t ask a team member to do anything I don’t do myself. So I clean the toilets, I get on my hands and knees and scrub. I take the rubbish out. I do all of the crap jobs.”

A common complaint of graduates is that they are asked to do ‘menial’ work – like making tea, tidying cupboards, or sweeping floors.

They say it can feel as though this is being set for them as test or rite of passage, for them to prove their commitment to their chosen career by ‘paying their dues’.

Some graduates are alarmed to be asked to do this type of work, when they have studied hard to get a good degree. Others will turn down jobs that they feel are beneath them, leading critics to accuse them of being ‘job snobs‘.

But most managers deny graduates are being deliberately humiliated, insisting that these are tasks that need to be done, and the responsibility falls to the most junior person in the team.

So, today we’re asking Graduate Foggers: Would you be happier to do ‘menial’ tasks if you saw bosses doing them too sometimes – or are graduates just ‘job snobs’ who should get used to saying yes to whatever tasks are asked of them? Have you ever been asked to do something you felt was beneath you, because you have a degree? 

* DOES YOUR BOSS EVER MAKE THE TEA?
Or do the menial jobs in your workplace fall to the junior members of the team? Is this the way it should be – or would you like to see senior managers mucking in a bit more?

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