Although I think it applies to many positions, I am a software developer (mid-level). The company is rather small (30-40).
Recently, my employer brought up the idea that to help another department, me and the other software developer may be called upon to do various manual tasks such as moving boxes, setting up tables, moving furniture around, etc. They were going to hire an assistant for this position, but they decided it does not come up often enough to justify the cost of another employee. They still thought it came up often enough to ask my department's director - he was OK with it. The thought immediately went to me and the other developer because we are relatively young males.
I have absolutely no problem doing favors like this for an employer, but I feel like when it becomes part of my job, I feel that it is bordering on disrespectful. I don't want to come off like I think I am better than anyone, but it is a major distraction (obviously), not part of my job, and I went to college and became a programmer (in part) to avoid doing manual/menial labor.
Am I over-reacting? Should someone in my position consider manual labor to be an expected part of their job?