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Outcry after Chinese Company Resquires Employees to Kneel Down
   2015-09-10 19:46:09    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Linxi

The photo taken on September 9th, 2015 shows a group of employees (middle in red) kneeling down in front of their employers at a square in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo: Weibo]

A Chinese company has been heavily criticized on social media for reportedly requiring its employees to kneel down in front of their employers, and thanking the latter for offering them jobs.


The hashtag #Employees Kneel down in front of Their Employers has gone viral on Chinese version of twitter since September 9, 2015. [Photo: Weibo]

The photo went viral since it was post online on Wednesday.

Many Internet users said the practice is absurd and had infringed on the staff's personal dignity.

The company, based in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, responded that the "kneeling down" is a part of its corporate culture.

The company also clarified that the staff were kneeling down to their parents, rather than their leaders.

"The employees were praising their parents for raising them up, not thanking their leaders for offering them jobs," a manager surnamed Wang with the company said.

"The kneeling down is a part of the company's corporate culture, to let the staff know what filial piety is and how to show their gratitude," Wang added.

However, the explanation did little to calm tension among Chinese Internet users.

"I dare say the company owners know nothing about corporate culture." one Internet user said.

" The salary offered by employers is already paid off by the employees' hard work," says an Internet user on September 10, 2015. [Photo: Weibo]

Some internet users said the salary offered by employers is already paid off by the employees' hard work and employees should not be required to kneel down anyway.

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