While Walmart was busy chipping away at employees’ perks, the swingin’ Swedes at Ikea were busy handing out early Christmas presents to staffers in the form of free bikes.
A company rep says the bikes, which were custom made for the home goods chain, were given out to the company’s 12,400 U.S. employees as a way of saying thanks for “great results and great team work… It has been a good year for Ikea US (and Ikea Global as well).”
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Giving employees bicycles also “supports a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport,” she said.
The silver bikes have a yellow, white and blue stripe, and are all-terrain and unisex.
They don’t have the Ikea logo, however, because “we don’t want people to think we manufacture bicycles.”
Yes, like almost all things Ikea-related, the bike comes flat-packed and requires some assembly. I just hope they gave employees something better than those flimsy little wrenches to use.
Ikea gives bicycles to its workers [Philadelphia Inquirer]