Christchurch company pays employees to bike to work

Long Lunch 10/03/2018
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A creative agency in Christchurch is rewarding staffers who bike to work with hard cash.

Tim Chesney, director of Make Collective, joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to share the story behind the commute incentive.

Make Collective offers staff members $5 each time they ride to work. But if they ride for over half of their working days over the year, then the amount doubles to $10 per ride.

“And that’s paid out kind of like an extra Christmas bonus.”

As a commuter himself, Mr Chesney wanted to incentivise his staff to opt for a bike commute.

I think it would be good for any business to give it a crack.

He started riding in to work as an easy way to reap the health benefits. Two daily rides woven in to a typical workday was a convenient way to get exercise.

“You need to get to work anyway,” he told RadioLIVE.

Of the six staff members, three have started to bike regularly and another has tried it out once or twice.

The staff members are asked to simply log their rides in their normal task tracking system they use for business projects. Rides are then tallied up at the end of the year.

Mr Chesney hopes that other businesses copy the model in the future. 

Listen to the full interview with Tim Chesney above. 

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.