A cosmetics firm in the central Chinese city of Chongqing has found a unique approach to teaching its employees stress management: forcing them to crawl on all fours around a public monument.
On Thursday, around lunch-time, surprised passersby witnessed a strange sight: fifteen or so people — mainly women — in business attire crawling on all fours around the Liberation monument in the heart of Chongqing’s business district. Photos and videos of the scene spread rapidly on Chinese social media, causing widespread indignation.
Photo published on Weibo.
The “exercise” stopped when police forced the employees to leave the premises and reprimanded the organisers. After a quick investigation, the police reported that the firm was trying to teach its employees how to work in stressful conditions.
This is not the first time a Chinese firm has made headlines for controversial management techniques. Last January, a hotel company in the northeast caused a stir when it made its employees participate in boot camp-like activities.