The Manchild Chronicles

Floundering Through Adulthood

Waterboarding: How to Motivate Your Employees

with one comment

Salt Lake Tribune. It must be the mormons or John McCain.

A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.

In a lawsuit filed last month, former Prosper, Inc. salesman 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.

The suit claims that Hudgens’ team leader, Joshua Christopherson, asked for volunteers in May for “a new motivational exercise,” which he did not describe. Hudgens, who was 26 at the time, volunteered in order to “prove his loyalty and determination,” the suit claims. Christopherson led the sales team to the top of a hill near the office and told Hudgens to lie down with his head downhill, the suit claims. Christopherson then told the rest of the team to hold Hudgens by the arms and legs. 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. Hudgens left Prosper because of sleeplessness, anxiety and depression he experienced after the waterboarding, the suit claims. He required psychological counseling for emotional trauma, the suit claims.

The suit accuses Christopherson and Prosper of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination. It also accuses Christopherson of interfering with Hudgens employment relationship with Prosper.

Advertisements

Written by Hoaf

February 29, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Posted in News

Tagged with , , ,

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. This was just crazy over the top by that company, they shouldn’t even get named. If you want to improve employee productivity and such Crystal-D has a lot of ideas on their blog of ways to motivate and reward employees as well as improve morale,sales incentives & recognition awards. Much more effective.

    Nocat

    April 22, 2008 at 11:05 am


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: