Specsavers celebrates a five year Allianz

March 2013

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare celebrates five years of working with Allianz Insurance Plc, providing eyecare to its employees since 2008.

One of the largest general insurers in the UK, Allianz employs over 4000 people across a network of 20 offices in the UK. Specsavers Corporate Eyecare provides Allianz with eyecare voucher schemes, along with advice and support, to cover specific requirements like VDU and driver eyecare.

Alyna Jones, Occupational Health and Safety Manager at Allianz Insurance Plc, says: ‘Under health and safety regulations, all of our employees who use display screens are entitled to company-funded eye tests and, if appropriate, glasses for VDU use. Allianz purchases VDU vouchers from Specsavers that are specifically designed to meet the precise requirements of the regulations. We have recently also begun to highlight driver eyecare and are keen to promote the importance of this matter among our employees.’

Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, comments: ‘We listen carefully to the views and needs of our clients. Regular review meetings are held and feedback is constantly monitored. I believe this, along with a simple and cost-effective product, is why we have continued to work with Allianz for so long. We are now in our sixth year of working with them and looking forward to continuing the good relationship in the future.’

Implementation and communication
The VDU and Driver Eyecare vouchers are purchased directly in multiples of five and then simply handed out to employees as required. Each employee receives the same high standard of care at a low set-cost to the employer.

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare holds roadshows at the different offices of Allianz Insurance. These mini wellbeing events for eyes are attended by local Specsavers opticians who provide advice and even some on-site vision screening. Employees are given information about eye health, the wider benefits of eyecare in helping to detect serious illnesses and the importance of eyecare for drivers. These events help to communicate to employees the value of eyecare.

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is able to take orders from the various different safety champions at the different Allianz office sites across the UK. This gives Allianz the flexibility for each location to control its own programme and budget. As Specsavers has more than 600 stores across the UK, it is simple for employees to find an optician within easy travelling distance. There is also a large range of frame options and various offers that can be used in conjunction with the vouchers to provide additional benefits for the employee.

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