A video has surfaced from a cell-phone recording that shows the staff at a Chinese bank, Shanxi Rural Credit Cooperatives, being publicly spanked by a corporate coach at a corporate “team-building retreat” with a large wooden paddle for poor performance at their jobs.
The bank said on Monday that it is going to look into the incident and employees are outraged. You can see that the women especially are visibly pained by the beating as one woman in particular jumps out of line.
“Why you ranked the lowest today?” The trainer is saying on the tape and the employees waited in a row to answer, “Because I have not exceeded myself”.
One of the hits knocked a woman off balance. Some audience members turned away in embarrassment or disgust.
Initial media reports said that it was the boss who was spanking them but it turns out it is the corporate coach. The coach was from the “Hongfeng Leadership Academy” in Shanghai. The employees were graded on June 18th, 2016 and those ranked at the bottom were punished by spanking and by the cutting of their hair.
The bank said it has stopped the training session and asked the Academy and the trainer to apologize while suspending several managers from this branch of the bank. There is some discussion of compensating the employees for this event.