I’m an employee, get me out of here… staff forced to eat worms for not reaching sales targets

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This month, a Chinese sales company was reported as forcing their underperforming employees to eat live worms as a form of punishment for poor performance.

Each morning, employees of the company were set business targets and if they failed to reach those targets they would face a punishment the following day. The owner of the company reportedly stated that the purpose of the punishment was a “special form of encouragement” for failing employees.

For the record, this is not an employment practice we would recommend when dealing with performance management issues. Such treatment would constitute harassment, health and safety breaches and possibly animal welfare issues.

We can certainly advise on sensible and lawful measures to help you improve the performance of your employees.

Dominic Bonham