SUBSCRIBE: Newsletter

Human Resources

Toggle

Article

Mainland boss forces employees to show filial piety



Gathering 50 top regional chief HR and senior business leaders at a three-day business retreat forum, the exclusive HR Innovation Leaders' Summit will happen from September 9-11. Get involved.

A survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong this year revealed that nearly 80% of employees give part of their salary every month to parents.

A boss in Guangzhou has, in fact, made this practice a mandatory one.

Last week, Guangzhou Daily  reported the boss of a beauty salon chain mandates employees to give part of their salary to parents.

Put into effect three years ago, the article reported married staff in the salon are required to hand over 5% of their salaries to their parents, while single staff are expected to cough up 10% of their pay.

To ensure they have received the right amount of cash, the company regularly calls up parents of staff and speaks with them.

This arrangement had been, according to the article, discussed prior to the hiring of staff, to ensure they were aware of the idea.

This policy has sparked much controversies.

While many think that it is unreasonable for employers to force staff to give their parents money, management of the salon believes it is justified as filial piety is an important traditional Chinese value – and one which the company hopes to include in its corporate culture.

Interestingly, this salon is not the first to make up rules to require children to take care of parents.

In 2013, Mainland China had added a law requiring children to visit parents regularly, while in Taiwan people can end up in jail for not supporting their  parents.

Image: Shutterstock



Leverage on technology to improve your HR operations and process at HR Tech Interactive. Happening in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in August.
Request your invite now!

Read More News

in Singapore by

HR Chronicles: Enduring a scandal

In 2006, Siemens was caught in a corruption scandal for bribing employees of other companies for contracts. Dr. Nicolas von Rosty,..

Trending

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.