You Did a Bang-Up Job, Salesman!

Meredith Soleau Bad HR, Engagement and Satisfaction, Meredith Soleau, Total Rewards

We reward our sales people in big ways.

They have the highest commission scale in town, they get paid on the front and back of each car deal,
and they receive a lot of extra perks. Perks such as gas cards, cash spiffs, and even trips to awesome places like Aruba and Las Vegas!

I am proud to say that we have the lowest industry turnover in our area. I think it’s because people are happy and feel appreciated.

Munich Re is the world’s largest reinsurance company, based in Germany. And they pretty much pack it in when it comes to employee rewards. Literally. They pack it in.

Munich Re has come forward to admit that all of the rumors about (the ERGO division of the insurance giant) rewarding their sales staff with an orgy was, well, it was true. Yes, you read that right. They gave their top 100 people an orgy back in 2007 at a Budapest health spa.

This wasn’t some fly-by-night event. This thing was organized. More organized than any company picnic I have ever thrown together.

The 20 prostitutes hired for the event wore colored armbands to signify which type of “job” she would do and for whom.

  • Red armbands – reserved for hostesses (they didn’t have sex, they just were there to flirt with, boring!)
  • Yellow armbands – reserved for hookers that were there to make your wildest fantasies come true
  • White armbands – reserved for extra special hookers that were servicing the top 5 salesmen and executives (they must have been the ones with the biggest… skill sets).

After a prostitute “serviced” a party-goer, she would get a stamp on her forearm. This allowed the ladies of the night to tally up a bill for Munich Re. I would guess that the most skilled ones cost the most, wouldn’t you? You get what you pay for, after all.

The only thing missing at this party was David Hasselhof. He’s huge in Germany. I’ll bet Munich Re didn’t invite him because of that nasty rumor that he gave Pamela Anderson herpes. Herpes is always a total downer at an orgy party.

Do you know what else is a total downer? Being the HR person responsible for fielding calls from the salesmen’s wives would be a total downer.

I would probably tell the wives this…

Sorry about the party! The company health plan is excellent. We cover all preventative tests at 100%. Tell him to get his bratwurst checked out on our dime. In addition, we understand your concern about this event. We have reacted to the situation, and there will be many unhappy endings for some of our top executives as a result of their happy endings.

I’m personally giving away a reward today! Whoever can come up with the MOST creative message (from the HR person to the upset wives) gets a $25 American Express gift card! This contest ends tomorrow at midnight EST (because that’s about the time I go to bed, and I will be tired from reading all of your awesome answers by midnight). Good luck!

Meredith Soleau

Meredith Soleau was supposed to be a famous country singer, but her parents made her go to college and major in something “real.” She graduated with a B.S. in Business from the University of Toledo, and landed a gig as a Human Resources Director at a large car dealership in Ohio. After eight years of HR at a car dealership, she burned out, decided to sell cars herself, and has since launched her agency, where she specializes in finding blue-collar workers. Clearly she has plenty of stories. But the best stories are probably about Meredith, herself. Read them on her personal blog, meredithsoleau.com, where she holds nothing back.

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