HR Strange But True!
August 14, 2008

NBC will premier its new reality show, "America's Toughest Jobs," after the Olympics. The premise is to take 13 people in "humdrum" jobs and put them in occupations that require "guts and stamina"--maybe in an HR office when the dental provider changes?

From the creators of "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers," the show will feature 13 contestants trying "the most challenging, dangerous, and demanding jobs on the planet," according to the NBC press release, such as extreme fishing, logging, trucking, and oil drilling.

At the end of each episode, the contestants' supervisor and co-workers for the job will "vote off" the least capable participant. Until the show debuts on Monday, August 25, we won't know if "kissing up" will count in the decision, but we're pretty sure someone will try since the last person standing in the final episode will win $250,000.

Among the contestants are a pharmaceutical sales rep, an investment banker, a scientific recruiter, a software company vice president, and a math teacher.

And good thing the contestants aren't classified as employees who come under state and federal employment laws; wouldn't want "the peacock" to be accused of discrimination (although last time we looked, wimps weren't a protected class).


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