Chinese companies can often do things that might seem odd to their western counterparts. A Chinese company had once hired a porn star to reward their best performer, and yet another had hired cheer girls in office to motivate their programmers. Yet another company had taken to spanking their employees who weren’t performing. Now there’s another WTF moment that has come to light from a company from the Middle Kingdom.
A company that sells home brewery machine in Tongzhou District, Beijing requires its female staff members to kiss their boss each morning, claiming it enhances the corporate culture and unites its staff.
Company requires female staff to kiss boss, claims it enhances corporate culture and unites team https://t.co/McMuUYPmrE pic.twitter.com/mLllEg4JzM
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) October 8, 2016
Each day, the female employees at the company line up between 9:00 and 9:30 each morning to kiss their boss. Over half the company’s employees are women. The People’s Daily, China, has reported that the women were initially reluctant to partake in the ceremony, but eventually toed the line. Two women who refused to comply eventually resigned.
The boss, for his part, explains that the practice generated great cohesion within the company, and allowed the boss and his female staff could bond together “like fish and water.”
Sucking up to your superiors is a part of corporate life, but this might be taking things a little too far.