Employee motivation and interpersonal relationships among workers and employers in China is no joke, and one exemplary manager’s most effective idea of encouraging his workers, is by asking them to tear bundles of banknotes.
If only this exercise is permitted in private and not as a group, it’d definitely inspire the unmotivated.
Desperate employers in China have tried different strategies aimed at getting the best out of their employees.
In 2016, a car sales manager punished his employee for poor sales; he asked them to crawl on the street as a warning.
Although most netizens criticized the action, calling it “morally wrong,” the worse of such extreme managerial theory came when another employer decided to punish his staff by spanking their buttocks ‘in public.’.
Most manager’s in the country are described as extremists — they either give excessive rewards or mete out punishment in a demoralizing manner.
The most recent episode of such punishments came from an electrical appliances store owner in Jinan, Shandong province, who tried motivating her ‘under-performing’ employees by asking them to tear 100-yuan banknotes.
In the 3-minute video clip released by the South China Morning Post, a female manager named Liu reportedly lined up her employees who failed to meet their daily sales quota of 100 deals.
A total of five young men were seen with heads bowed as she gave them a “pep talk” for about two minutes. Then she ordered them to take out their monies.
“Tear up the notes!” Ms Liu screamed after scolding the ‘sinners.’ “Tear them all. Take them all out and tear them!”
The men did as they were instructed before disposing the pieces of money.
A report from China Economic Net says the manager was warned of the possible consequences of tearing bank notes but she showed total disregard for the laws, saying: “Anyone who wants to question me can leave their jobs. Get out!”
Sohu News reported that the manager could have been fined up to 10,000 yuan under Chinese law.