“It’s none of your f*****g business!’ unwitting workers tell CEO

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CEOs and top executives often have very minimal interaction with front-line staff but the lack of face-time can come back to bite both parties – just like it did this week for one multi-billionaire boss.

Self-made success Terry Gou founded what is now the world’s largest manufacturing contractor back in 1974, making plastic parts for television sets from a rented shed in Taipei.

The Taiwanese-born business mogul began with less than CA$10,000 and just 10 workers but his company Foxconn is now comprised of over a million employees and takes the title as the world’s 10th biggest employer.

Despite his heavy-weight reputation, two workers at his factory in Shenzhen failed to recognize Gou as he carried out a site inspection.

The global manufacturing magnate had just finished lunch when he caught two employees smoking outside of the canteen in a designated no smoking area.

Ghou, who is worth approximately CA$62 billion and has factories all over the globe, intervened and asked them to stop.

Unexpectedly, the workers responded; “Who are you? It’s none of your f*****g business.”

Understandably angered by the employees’ disrespectful retaliation, Ghou fired the pair on the spot.

Incredibly, the embarrassing moment was caught on camera and Ghou can be heard saying; “If he doesn’t fix you, I will fix you. Foxconn doesn’t need staff like you.”

The seven-second video clip can be seen below:

 

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  • Margaret McMurdy on 2015-11-26 10:28:36 AM

    Great article - but what I take away is that we should all be involved in ensuring we all do the right thing. Why did it take Mr. Ghou's action to stop inappropriate employee behaviour?

    Mr. Ghou - I would work for you any day.

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