Motivational Coach Waterboards Employee

We’ve all done that cloying trust-fall activity where you pretend like you trust your fellow co-workers enough to let them catch you as you fall backwards. I’ve always thought that maybe if there was less time spent doing trite exercises and more time investigating why co-workers don’t trust eachother it would make the workplace work better.

Chad Hudgens alleges his managers also allowed the supervisor to draw mustaches on employees’ faces, take away their chairs and beat on their desks with a wooden paddle “because it resulted in increased revenues for the company.”

Ah yes, the David Mamet School of Management. I think the increased revenues would only be undone by the increased usage of anti-anxiety meds.

Hudgens, who was 26 at the time, volunteered in order to “prove his loyalty and determination,” the suit claims.

Loyalty? What a bunch of scrota. Loyalty is I come to work every day and do my damned job. Company loyalty is so pre-Reagan.

Christopherson poured water from a gallon jug over Hudgens’ mouth and nostrils – like the interrogation strategy known as “waterboarding” – and told the team members to hold Hudgens down as he struggled, the suit alleges. “At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded,” the suit alleges.

Full story: Employee’s suit: Company used waterboarding to motivate workers

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