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Bizarre HR: When does training become public humiliation?

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A company in China decided to help employees cope with stress by embarrassing them in public.

One day after China’s Labour Day on May 1, a cosmetics company, which has not been identified, asked its staff to crawl around the Chongqing People’s Liberation Monument as part of a training exercise, chinaSMACK reported.

The activity, which attracted a large crowd of onlookers, was interrupted when the police were called in.

“Through investigation, this was an exercise a cosmetics company gave their employees to train them to deal with pressure, and the police have already persuaded them to leave and have also criticised and educated the organisers of the company,” the Chongqing Yuzhong District Public Security Sub-bureau posted on micro-blogging site Weibo.

Source: chinaSMACK

It has also drawn a lot of flak among the internet community.

“This company sounds good on paper but to do this kind of thing, disregarding employee dignity, is just down right bad,” a netizen wrote on

Another said it was “ridiculous” for employers to consider the event a “training and team building” exercise.

“Why don’t these employees just refuse? Is this job really worth that much?” he asked.

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