Ikea Gives Out Bikes To 12,400 Employees

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]