video has emerged
of a motivational trainer asking eight employees why they did not "exceed themselves" during training at Changzhi Zhangze Rural Commercial Bank in northern China.
The employees offer a range of answers including "I did not exceed myself", "I did not co-ordinate with my team" and "I lacked courage".
But they weren’t good enough for the trainer, so he took matters into his own hands.
He then proceeds to spank the row of male and female employees with what appears to be a section of wood.
One employee jumped out of the line after being hit twice, and the trainer shouted at her when she tried to protect herself.
He also allegedly cut and shaved their hair in full view of around 200 fellow employees, according to local media.
The trainers were hired from the Hongfeng Leadership Academy in Shanghai.
The Shanxi Rural Credit Co-operatives Union (who regulates the bank) has set up a group to investigate the incident.
The trainer, Jiang Yang, has apologised, saying the spanking was "a training model I have tried for years" and "one of the most effective ways to raise consciousness".
He added that the incident had "nothing to do" with the leaders at the bank.
However, his apology has been met with criticism for directing his apology more towards the leadership than the employees.
The bank's chairman and deputy governor have been suspended for "failing to conduct proper checks on the training program".
The bank said they would help the employees seek compensation from the training company.
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