Chinese company asks its staff to raise $9 million in bonuses on a 6.5ft tall mountain of cash


A Chinese crane manufacturing company handed out 61 million yuan (about $9 million) in employee bonuses from a mountain of cash at its annual party.

On January 17, Henan Mine released videos of its employees walking to a stage to collect their year-end bonuses on a 6.5-foot-tall mountain of money and leaving with arms laden with banknotes.

An unnamed director of Henan Mine’s public relations department told Jiemian News that three of the company’s most successful sales managers were awarded 5 million yuan (about $740,000) each.

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More than 30 other employees received at least 1 million yuan (about $150,000).

“We held a year-end sales meeting on the night of January 17, donating 61 million yuan in total to 40 sales managers,” the manager said.

“Nevertheless, the top three achieved more than a few hundred million yuan, and one of them achieved sales worth more than three hundred million yuan.”

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In the viral videos, men wearing black suits and red scarves can be seen walking off stage with their arms full of silver bricks.

The best cash rewards were too heavy to lift alone and had to be carried on trays by several people.

The notes were reportedly secured in bricks of 100,000 yuan (about $15,000).

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According to the company’s publicity manager, surnamed Feng, the company also held a money counting contest the next day.

Employees were allowed to take any amount of money from a table covered in 100 yuan (about $15) bills as long as they could give an accurate count of the money within 15 minutes. The company spent 12 million yuan on this contest alone, an employee scooping 157,000 yuan (about $23,000) off the table.

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“They all do sales, and the oldest employees have been with the company for about seven years,” Feng told The Paper. “They are mostly in their 40s and have had excellent work performance over the past year.”

The company also gave out ang baos – red envelopes – containing 3,000 yuan (about $440) to more than 5,000 employees as the party was held a few days before the Chinese New Year.

In previous years, Henan Mine rewarded its employees with pure gold cars and medals.

On the first working day after the Chinese New Year, many people called to submit their resumes to the company, Feng said. He added that he received more than 200 calls and online inquiries in two days.

According to Henan mine website, the company has more than 4,500 employees and 428 sales and service offices nationwide. Despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy during the pandemic, the average salary of the company’s staff is said to have increased by 30% each year.

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