Previous experiences indicate that this could only ever end well. An employer in Zhejiang province challenged his workers to a drink-off during a recent year-end banquet, offering the highest bonus to the person who could drink the most.
According to The Global Times, an employee of the unnamed company said his boss threw a pile of banknotes on a table during the dinner, telling workers that they would receive bonuses depending on how much they could drink.
“Men were given 500 yuan ($82.65) 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,” the man named Zhang said in the report.
Employees lined up to drink, but many were unhappy that a tolerance for alcohol had replaced good ol’ fashion work ethic when it came year-end bonus standards.
Employees became drunk. Some were able to pocket around 10,000 yuan, while others walked away with only 1,000 yuan.
“I couldn’t get a bonus if I didn’t drink, but it is bad for one’s health to drink too much. Everyone ended up drinking and some people vomited,” said Zhang.
He described the process as “unreasonable and inhumane”.
The employer kindly explained to workers that the success of the company’s business relied in part on employees being able to hold liquor when drinking with clients, as is custom in China.