Employees are inspired when companies encourage their workforce to get into cycling and fitness.
“Naka-focus ‘yung company na pinagta-trabahuhan ko sa health ng employees. Kapag hindi mo inalagaan ‘yung health mo, hindi ka magiging productive sa work,” Mike Fernandez said.
Mike works for Vestas, a company that designs and manufactures wind turbines. He and his co-employees enjoy a fitness subsidy which they usually use for their gym memberships.
However, gyms suspended their operations in March due to quarantine restrictions. Mike’s employers thought of the best way on how employees can utilize this subsidy: they encouraged their workforce to buy a bicycle.
Vestas is committed to sustainability and the bike subsidy fits its vision. Cycling is sustainable.
“I’m super inspired kasi hindi lang puro trabaho at inaalagaan talaga kami,” Mike said.
Mike could just have bought his own gym equipment that he can eventually get reimbursed. He still purchased a foldie when the company introduced the bike subsidy.
This biker used to have an old folding bike but he decided to give it to his wife Maan. Really nice, right? You gotta pass the bicycle love.
“Nagba-bike talaga ako since bata pa ako. Folding bike ‘yung binili ko kasi madali i-stock sa bahay namin,” he said. “At gusto ko kasi parehas kami ng wife ko, twinning kami.”
Look at their photos, they really have cute matchy looks.
During our shoot, Maan revealed that the last time she rode a bike was eight years ago.
“First time ko ngayon sumabak sa big roads talaga kasi sa loob lang ako ng subdivision madalas,” she said. “Ine-encourage talaga ako ng husband ko. Mahirap kasi sa bahay kapag sedentary, napapabayaan ‘yung health.”
The two love birds enjoy cycling together. They said that it is exercise and bonding rolled into one.
They are excited to bike around good spots in the country, maybe in Nuvali or Rizal first. And who knows, they might upgrade to bigger bikes too.
“Sa kalaunan, pwede kaming mag-shift sa mountain bike kung kaya na namin talaga ng malayo,” Maan said.