“Online, people are accusing the firm of treating its employees like slaves”
The video caused a lot of anger on social media and generated a great deal of negative comments. On Weibo [China’s equivalent of Twitter], it even became one of the most popular trending topics. Viewers have accused the firm of treating its employees like slaves, of insulting their dignity.After the incident, journalists went to visit the cosmetics firm at the heart of the scandal, Mirda Cosmetics Co., Ltd. In their report, an employee explains that the firm had set a goal they had not met, and so had that the company had to find a new way to “encourage” the team. He claims it was not just a form of punishment. Another employee told the reporter of a time he was forced to read a book out loud in the street and that most passersby thought he was crazy.“I have been insulted before, and I had to take it”There have been many similar incidents in China. Some firms have forced their employees to bark like dogs or to run naked in public. Labour codes are not really respected in China, and unscrupulous bosses believe that their employees must obey every directive in exchange for their salary. They also believe that this type of training improves teamwork and overall productivity. Since it is difficult to find employment these days, employees must bend to their bosses’ orders, even if their dignity suffers. It happens to many people, myself included: I’ve been insulted by a superior before and just had to take it.