Recently I received a phone call from a friend asking how he could fire his office manager who, he discovered, was asking (and probably taking) bribes from the company’s suppliers. The full story goes as follows.
My friend is the general manager of a foreign-invested company in China. Thanks to the expansion of the company’s business, his company was relocating to a bigger office. Several service suppliers were involved in the renovation works of the new office. The problem was that, very strangely, the renovation works were progressing very slowly. The general manager called the suppliers complaining about the delays. The suppliers told him that the company office manager was requesting bribes to allow them to enter the new office premises and conduct the renovation works.