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The Straits Times has reported building services firm MCC Singapore, whose units include developer MCC Land, has provided free bikes for about 1,000 full-time employees. Under this S$250,000 initiative, staff will also get safety gear and accessories such as helmets and reflective shirts.
In the report, managing director Tan Zhiyong said that “employees’ feedback played a huge role in this decision”. He also highlighted that the initiative is in line with the government’s push for responsible bicycle use and a car-lite society.
MCC Singapore’s head office in Bukit Batok Crescent is slightly more than 1km away from Ulu Pandan Park Connector, a cycling route. Additionally, the firm announced its new cycling initiative with a mass cycling activity ending at Sembawang Park last Saturday, after a 4km trial earlier this month that involved 50 senior and management staff members.
Tan mentioned in the report that employees are free to use it in any way they deem appropriate since it was a token of appreciation to the staff. In fact, staff are encouraged to share their bicycles with family and friends as well.
In the report, he said: “In this age of rapid globalisation, which brings about an evolving work culture, employers are challenged to motivate employees beyond sheer remuneration.”
Other bicycle-related activities being planned include lunchtime bicycle rides allowing co-workers to eat out together.
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