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Boss around

Almost every company tries to encourage enthusiasm among their employees but none seem to have gone to the lengths of Shandong Jiahua Culture International Travel Service. According to the Beijing Youth Daily, it has fined any employees who don’t make enthusiastic online comments whenever the boss writes something on weibo. Earlier this month someone was fined Rmb50 ($7.48) for failing to do so and later posted a list online that showed 200 other employees that had been forced to pay up too. The newly recruited staffer said he’d never been informed that such penalties were levied. A company spokesman told the Beijing Youth Daily that the main content of the microblog posts issued by the boss were inspirational quotes and information about the company’s activities. The spokesman added: “As the company’s young people don’t have a very strong enthusiasm for work, they need a teacher to tell them how to work, and how to establish a correct view of work.” The newspaper said that the postings of the boss regularly receive 200 or so comments from staff, mostly offering praise. But it doesn’t think staff are happy about the practice. “Many employees say this provision is very unreasonable and in violation of the labour laws,” it reported. “But nobody dares to stand up and express their disagreement.” That said, one employee told the newspaper that he had called the mayor’s hotline to report the situation, but nothing had come of it.

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