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Free lunch at ViewQwest

Lunch is a wholesome affair and free at the top level of ViewQwest's five-storey shophouse office in Bukit Timah Road.
Lunch is a wholesome affair and free at the top level of ViewQwest's five-storey shophouse office in Bukit Timah Road.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Internet service provider ViewQwest's office makes coming to work a dream. Their five-storey shophouse office is stocked with a gym, recreational facilities and even caters lunch for its employees.
Internet service provider ViewQwest's office makes coming to work a dream. Their five-storey shophouse office is stocked with a gym, recreational facilities and even caters lunch for its employees.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Internet service provider ViewQwest's office makes coming to work a dream. Their five-storey shophouse office is stocked with a gym, recreational facilities and even caters lunch for its employees.
Internet service provider ViewQwest's office makes coming to work a dream. Their five-storey shophouse office is stocked with a gym, recreational facilities and even caters lunch for its employees.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Internet service provider ViewQwest's five-storey shophouse office in Bukit Timah Road has a homely charm that only its employees get to see.

Its showroom on the first floor is a stark, minimalist white befitting the modern tech company it is.

The top level, however, is dedicated to recreation and relaxation. It contains a kitchen where lunch is cooked for employees every day, and a gym which boasts free weights, a squat rack and a punching bag.

Lunch is free and a wholesome affair with meat or fish served alongside healthy servings of vegetables, quinoa or brown rice.

"It's a young team, who push and work hard, so we do our best to keep people healthy to do good work," said ViewQwest chief executive Vignesa Moorthy.

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It's a young team, who push and work hard, so we do our best to keep people healthy to do good work.

MR VIGNESA MOORTHY, ViewQwest's chief executive

But Fridays are cheat days, he confessed.

That's when the lunch is heartier local fare such as fried rice or beehoon, sometimes topped off with cake from a nearby bakery.

To drive home the point that one should work and play equally hard, Mr Moorthy said the company is considering offering its employees unlimited leave - an idea he wants to try out after reading that some companies in the United States that have done so report that employees are happier.

He plans to roll it out to senior management first to test the waters. This could happen as early as before the end of the year.

"We trust our staff enough that they know how to balance their time, and to give them the freedom to take time off whenever they need it," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Free lunch at ViewQwest'. Print Edition | Subscribe