Employee eyecare at the touch of a button

July 2013

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare today launches its eagerly awaited online eyecare voucher system.  eVouchers will transform the way eyecare is purchased, allocated and managed, maximising efficiency for employers and their employees. 

From today, HR managers will be able to place orders, allocate vouchers to relevant members of staff, and review real-time redemption reports online, for all vouchers including VDU, driver eyecare and safety eyewear. The entire process can be completely paperless if employers wish: allocated vouchers can be emailed directly from the system to the employee, who can redeem their voucher at any Specsavers store to obtain their eyecare entitlement. Employees can even use their smartphone to do so.

There will be no extra cost for the eVouchers or the supporting management system. There are, however, expected to be significant savings for employers in terms of time, cost and efficiency. The system is user-friendly, flexible and offers the ability to track redemption of vouchers and log employees’ requirements and the date of their next scheduled examination. It is even possible to generate automatically populated invoices from the system, which can be printed, or emailed directly to the finance department. The minimum order is just five vouchers, however, vouchers no longer have to be purchased in multiples of five, any number of vouchers over five can be ordered.

Additionally, employers will now be able to save money by simply reprinting or re-sending lost eyecare vouchers to employees, rather than having to reissue a new voucher.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, says: “As the largest opticians in the UK, it is right that we should not only be offering the best service but also the best technology to our clients. Research has shown us that the majority of employers want to be able to implement employee benefits online and that they believe their employees would prefer this option too. We are delighted, therefore, to be able to offer eVouchers to our clients, along with a robust implementation and administration system, which will further our already simple and efficient voucher offering.”

Research results

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has carried out research into the opinions of employers:

  • 79% of employers believe time savings are a major benefit of using online systems to implement employee benefits
  • 76% appreciate ease of use
  • And 70% are attracted by the paperless option as it saves money and is more environmentally friendly

Jim Lythgow continued: “It is important to point out that our paper-based voucher system will still be fully available and supported for any employers who wish to continue to use it.”

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