A Chinese company forces its female employees to line up and kiss their male boss every day. And we’re not talking about an innocent friendly kiss on the cheek, but a smooch on the lips!
In this Beijing-based company, it is mandatory for female workers to give their boss “a kiss on the lips” each morning.
The reason? The company believes that it enhances the corporate culture and foster good relationships between manager and employees.
According to local reports, female employees at the company are required to line up between 9:00-9:30 each morning to kiss their male boss on the lips. It is unclear how long the practice has been going on the unidentified company that sells home brewery equipment in Tongzhou District.
Apparently, the company mostly employs women and none of them like the bizarre practice. Most of the female workers were initially reluctant with the policy but eventually gave in to their boss’ demands in order to keep their jobs, the Shanghaiist reports.
Only two brave employees decided to resign rather than participate in the appalling practice. It is unknown whether the company asked their male co-workers to comply as well.
Facing controversy, the company boss explained that he picked up the idea of “morning kiss” while visiting a company in the United States. He claimed that the abhorrent ritual generates “great cohesion within the company”, allowing him and his female staff to bond together “like fish and water.” Furthermore, he said that some of his employees genuinely miss him when he is away, and send him messages on WeChat.
As expected, the appalling practice garnered numerous criticism on the internet.
Meanwhile, in the survey done by Cosmopolitan last year on over 2,000 full-time and part-time female employees in the United States, one in every three women experience sexual harassment at work. The sad truth is, workplace harassment is an alarming universal issue.
The American Association of University Women defines workplace harassment as any, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”