A motivational trainer in China spanked eight rural bank employees with a stick, shaved the heads of the men and cut the hair of the women after they performed poorly on a training weekend. “Spanking was a training model I have been exploring for many years,” the trainer, Jiang Yang, said, absolving the bank’s leadership of direct responsibility.
Changzhi Zhangze Rural Commercial Bank, a lender in northern Shanxi province, hired a Shanghai-based training company to run a “performance breakthrough” course.
After a day of training last weekend for a staff of more than 200, Jiang demanded explanations from the eight employees with the lowest scores.
One responded: “I’m not hard on myself.” Another shouted: “I didn’t make a breakthrough”, while a third blamed lack of teamwork.
Jiang then asked them to prepare to be beaten and strode up and down the row of offenders several times, spanking them hard with a stick.
Later, he cut the women’s hair and shaved the men’s heads.
The punishment, was captured by a mobile phone.
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The training company declined requests for comment, while telephone calls to the bank went unanswered and Jiang’s mobile phone appeared to have been switched off.
In a statement on Monday, a banking oversight body described the training as “improper”, adding that it had suspended the bank’s chairman and a deputy governor and told Jiang to make a public apology.