An ‘underperforming’ employee had water poured over his head by his boss after he failed to meet his monthly sales targets.
The man was publicly humiliated in front of co-workers after his manager called him up during a company meeting.
The unorthodox ritual performed in a supermarket in Nantong City, in East China’s Jiangsu Province, is now being called “employee abuse” by viewers after the video went viral online .
Mobile phone footage of the meeting was filmed by one of the firm’s staff members, who watched the colleague being humiliated in front of all his co-workers.
The man’s supervisor holds a large 5-litre bottle of mineral water over his head and begins pouring the liquid all over him, drenching him to the bone.
Even more bizarrely, his colleagues watching the cruel punishment were also ordered to clap during the process as a way of “encouraging” him.
Witnesses, who did not say which firm the employees belong to, said the unnamed man had failed to meet the sales targets set by the headquarters and had no choice but to undergo the punishment.
The methods, though odd, are believed to have been agreed to beforehand, but viewers on Chinese social media feel the bosses went too far.
In the past there have been reports of employees being made to crawl on the ground or even eat worms when they do not perform to their bosses standards.
Viewers said any form of public humiliation for the sake of encouragement should be removed from the workplace.