One way to earn a bonus

January 28th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

News.com.au reports:

An employee surnamed Zhang from Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China, said that his boss placed a pile of money on the table saying that people would get their bonuses based on how much they drink.

“Men were given 500 yuan ($92) for a shot of liquor, 200 yuan for a glass of red wine and 100 yuan for a beer. Women were given twice as much money for consuming the same amounts,” Zhang told the Global Times. “We worked hard all year only to learn our bonuses would be decided by our alcohol tolerance. It was absolutely unfair to people who can’t drink much.”

The boss said that the company’s business success was rooted in employees being able to hold their liquor with clients. …

Legal experts said there are no laws related to the distribution of year-end bonuses, which is determined at the discretion of employers.

I’d go for the shots. Wouldn’t be too hard to make 10,000 yuan. The average wage is around 3,500 yuan a month so that is a bonus of three months’ salary.

I wouldn’t implement that scheme in my company though. We have far too many students from Hamilton to risk that!

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13 Responses to “One way to earn a bonus”

  1. burt (7,091 comments) says:

    Labour could implement a similar bonus for party members where the size of the bonus is based on how quickly you can spend somebody else’s money but the kicker would be you need to have nothing to show for it.

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  2. RightNow (6,348 comments) says:

    Wonder if toilet breaks were allowed?

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  3. Kea (10,451 comments) says:

    Women were given twice as much money for consuming the same amounts,”

    Bloody Communists !!! ;)

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  4. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    I can think of more offensive ways to suggest people earn bonuses. But I can’t imagine it’s great for employee morale – presumably given the incentive offered, the right response would be to do no work all year but focus on maximising your alcohol tolerance. Maybe you could mix a bit of work with it if you took clients to bars and spent your expense account on training your alcohol tolerance.

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  5. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    They didn’t specify if tactical chunders were an option.

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  6. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    DPF: I’d go for the shots. Wouldn’t be too hard to make 10,000 yuan.

    Speak for yourself, I’d be shitfaced before I got to 20 shots. It would be well worth having a go though. Their boss sounds like a good bastard…

    Labrator: They didn’t specify if tactical chunders were an option.

    :D No, they didn’t…

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  7. David Farrar (1,811 comments) says:

    I think the Canterbury-Westland Young Nationals can testify to my ability to drink shots. A few years ago joined them on one of those bus pub tours around Chch, and a couple of them challenged me shot for shot. I turned up the next morning fairly unaffected and they looked like death warmed up :-)

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  8. alex Masterley (1,439 comments) says:

    DPF,
    That’s a benefit of the well rounded education one receives at Otago University.

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  9. SPC (4,670 comments) says:

    DPF, the one dubious advantage of being less than fit and healthy a few years back, is that you then looked and felt the same the morning after regardless.

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  10. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    I suspect that having higher body fat helps with alcohol resilience. You may find that you’re a cheap drunk these days DPF.

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  11. si_rangi (60 comments) says:

    Having spent a bit of time in Northern China (not in Zhejiang Province so I can’t speak about that place) the Chinese wine that shots would be are often well over 50%. The strongest I had was 56% and that led to a very early night. So good luck to the person who could do 20 of those. In another town I visited their distinct and rather quaint custom of doing ‘gambei’ (scull) is to do it by the bowl. Each bowl could fit a 600ml bottle. They are tough buggars in the north.

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  12. dog_eat_dog (681 comments) says:

    DPF you might be being a bit disingenuous there – the fitter you get, the harder it gets to hit the piss in a spectacular way. I would back someone your old size up against you in your current frame.

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  13. dime (8,778 comments) says:

    Last time I was in China my supplier challenged me “see if you can keep up”.

    The drink of choice? Jack Daniels. You can see where this is heading…

    The next day he showed up 3 hours late.. He told me he had thrown up on his ceiling :D

    Dime was well enough to indulge in a couple of local treats :D

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