Larry O'Donnell may be president of a Fortune 200 company. But the Waste Management chief operating officer got fired on his first day in a humble job picking up trash when working for his own organization.

A rare television series set in the real-life workplace, "Undercover Boss" hits U.S. airwaves this Sunday, February 7, putting executives to work in everyday jobs in an era when many companies are cutting budgets and employees are working harder for the same pay, or less.

"Anybody who has had a boss, or who has worked in a company, will understand this show," said executive producer Stephen Lambert. "And for the person in charge, to be able to see what their employees are really doing seemed like an exciting idea."