Last week, Netflix released a new short series with an admirable goal: to create empathy for people searching for meaning at all levels of the corporate ladder. “Work: What we do all day” is a four-part documentary produced by Michelle and Barack Obama. While this isn’t their first entry into the entertainment business for the couple, who once sat in the White House, the former president, who interviews subjects and even serves them piping-hot catfish lunches on camera, is trying out a new job here : TV presenter of the show.
The series, coined by “Salt-Fat-Acid-Heat” Director Caroline Suh follows the everyday lives of 12 people who work in three industries across the United States: home care, hospitality and technology. There’s an automated driving founder celebrating his company’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, a domestic helper who makes $9 an hour but is relieved to have an alternative to cutting up chicken thighs at a slaughterhouse, and a CEO of a luxury hotel that… administers crowd control during the Met Gala. The first episode focuses on young professionals, and the following three episodes gradually move you up the career ladder, all the way to the C-suite.