Valued employee benefits at no extra cost

August 2012

Difficult financial times are making it harder for employers in the Republic of Ireland to offer their staff valued benefits, but Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is turning an obligatory provision into an attractive perk that can be delivered at no extra cost to the business.

Under health and safety regulations it is a statutory requirement for all screen-users to be provided with company-funded eyecare. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare now offers the required VDU (visual display unit) eyecare under a voucher, costing just €19. The voucher entitles the member of staff to a full eye examination and eyesight test. If glasses are required for VDU use, the employee can choose specs from the €59 range. Each voucher for eyecare also comes with free Premium Club vouchers, which entitle the employee to a €30 discount on other ranges of glasses. Each employee can have up to three free Premium Club vouchers a year for discounts for themselves, as well as two members of their family.

So every employee in the Republic of Ireland who uses a visual display unit can be provided with up to €168 worth of optical goods, services and discounts, for a cost to their employer of just €19. As providing the basic VDU eyecare is a statutory requirement under health and safety regulations, the employer is effectively able to offer valuable additional benefits, without cost to the company.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare says: ‘Our voucher system offers employers the chance to provide highly valued additional benefits to their employees, without the company incurring any additional costs. Benefits packages have been hit by the financial climate, so this is a great opportunity for employers to be able to reward staff without putting budgets under pressure.’

The €168 worth of optical goods, services and discounts encompasses:

  • A standard DSE sight test and eye examination: €19
  • Glasses from the: €59 range
  • Three Premium club discount vouchers worth €30 each: €90

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