Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou Compared Employees To Animals

Posted Jan 19, 2012

“Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache,” stated Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou at a recent party. Gou pointed out that he wants to learn from Taipei Zoo director Chin Shih-chien about how animals should be managed. Gou invited Chin and all general managers in the group to listen to Chin’s lecture at the company’s annual review meeting.

When Chin lectured on stage about how to manage different animals according to their temperaments, Gou listened carefully and asked Chin to put himself in his place as the chairman of Hon Hai.

Hon Hai is in the midst of controversy because several of their employees have committed suicide due to poor work conditions. Hon Hai also recently had to negotiate with employees that were threatening a “mass suicide.”