North Korean employer bans chocolate bonus

Something for the weekend…


Here at Employee Benefits, a chocolate treat is a common part of our working week. We couldn’t imagine our treats being banned.

But employees at North Korea’s Kaesong Industrial Complex became so used to receiving a chocolate bonus after restrictions were placed on cash incentives, that they sold their goodies on the black market for substantial amounts to earn a little bit extra.

Employees were given Choco Pies, a marshmallow snack that resembles a Wagon Wheel, which fetched between £6 and £14 on the thriving black market.

To stop workers from selling their treats, North Korean officials have now told staff that they will be rewarded with sausages, noodles and coffee instead.

We hope our sweet treats are not banned for health reasons. That would be catastrophic for our motivation levels.