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MD pays his staff to walk to work

TeamJobs is paying its staff to leave their cars at home.


Employees at the recruitment agency in Poole are being paid an extra £50 a month if they walk or cycle into work.


A shower and bike rack have been installed for cyclists, plus free bike locks.


Staff are also receiving free fruit at their desks and the use of two, new Nissan Leaf electric cars for their business mileage.


The healthy measures were thought up by TeamJobs' MD, Jason Gault.


Gault explained, "I want the team to be fit and healthy for their own wellbeing and also because I believe a healthy workforce is more productive.


"I've noticed a definite slump in concentration mid-afternoon, which I think is due to people snacking on unhealthy, processed foods.


"This is a common problem, as it often seems far easier to grab an unhealthy lunch or snack at your desk.


"But leaving their cars at home and cycling or walking as often as possible, plus taking advantage of daily, free fruit, will boost their health, our business performance and their wage packets."


Under the new TeamGreen scheme, TeamJobs staff who walk or cycle to work three days out of five each week receive a £50 bonus every month.


Those who car share or use public transport four days out of five each week receive £30.


The company has already produced reusable, plastic water bottles to boost productivity and recently became co-sponsor of the Dorset-based Primera cycle racing team, of which Jason Gault is a member.


Gault added, "Cycling, like recruitment, is tough but rewarding the requires strength and determination. It's a great fit for our business.


"Of course there are days when people rely heavily on their cars and using them can't be avoided, but people are really embracing these easy measures and enjoying the benefits."


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