Boss' mission is to create employment

Boss' mission is to create employment
Mr Lim (above) is CEO of Bizlink, one of four social enterprises showcased at DBS' Social Enterprise Exchange

Bosses are not pleased when their staff get poached by rival firms but Bizlink chief executive Alvin Lim could not be happier when it happens to his employees.

Bizlink is a non-profit organisation that trains beneficiaries to become highly-skilled workers, so getting poached is a sign the firm is doing something right.

Its motto is enabling people through employment - something it strives to do by providing job assessment services for the disabled and disadvantaged groups.

It also recognises that it is not possible to place all the beneficiaries with external employers.

"We find that many of them cannot be productive enough for employers outside to hire... we have found that it is better for us to create some form of sheltered employment," said Mr Lim, 51.

Employment serves a dual purpose for Bizlink, raising funds and helping to empower beneficiaries.

"While work for the beneficiaries is a source of income, it also gives them dignity. The dignity of not just receiving a handout," said Mr Lim, who added that the average monthly salary of a beneficiary employed by Bizlink is between $700 and $800.

He also noted that work can serve as a form of therapy for people who have undergone traumatic life experiences, or who might otherwise suffer from loneliness and depression.

Mr Lee Min Wu, 58, a line supervisor on Bizlink's production floor, agreed.

The former businessman started working at Bizlink after suffering several major health problems.

"When I didn't work, I was at home at the time and it felt like my life had no meaning or purpose," said Mr Lee in Mandarin.

He added that working at Bizlink has given him a new lease of life, and he has even managed to find love after meeting his wife at work.

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