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Getting paid to cycle to work, wouldn’t that be the dream? It’s the new reality for one New Zealand company.
We are loving this idea by a company in Christchurch, New Zealand to pay for their employees to cycle to work. Employees of the advertising agency Make Collective, who agree to cycle to and from work will receive $5 a day. If they keep it up for more than half a year, the payment will increase to $10 a day. The company hopes it will both energise staff and make people less reliant on their cars.
Make Collective’s Tim Chesney told Stuff, “For a while, I had been thinking it would be great to incentivise cycling in some way. I’m a really keen cyclist [and] cash is clearly the most obvious incentive. My gut instinct is that it could be something really good for the workplace. I know for myself I show up feeling a lot more energised, my blood is already flowing.”
With the prospect of a few hundred quid extra in the bank after the year and an opportunity to get fit, employees are quickly signing up to the scheme. “The extra money is coming straight out of the business’s profits, but I really believe there will be numerous tangible benefits as a result of people cycling to and from work,” adds Tim.
We think it’s one of the best ideas we’ve heard in a long time, and with any luck, we might see a few Irish companies adopt the scheme!
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By Orla O'Muiri
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