Employee Benefits – Taking the ‘Holy Moly this shopping centre is busy’ out of Christmas

shutterstock_231386455Last weekend I found myself in a shopping centre. On a Saturday afternoon in December.

As I shuffled bewildered through the frantically packed mall, people bumping into me, children screaming, Mariah Carey’s latest Christmas track warbling, I kept my mantra going over and over in my head so that I would stay on track: “A tennis racquet. You need a tennis racquet. Just go get it, and then you can leave.”

I ended up leaving with shampoo and conditioner because I got so overwhelmed. I panicked and in my fragile and vulnerable state was easily manipulated by a flashy red sticker offering me a two-for-one pack. No tennis racquets were purchased – or even sighted.

There has got to be a better way.

Thankfully there is.

As I relayed my shopping woes to my boss on Monday morning, she looked at me (somewhat unsympathetically) and said simply: “Why didn’t you just do your Christmas shopping from your Employee Benefits Program?”

I’m fortunate enough to work for a company with an online program that offers discounts on thousands of different products, experiences and partner offers. My boss has ticked off all her Christmas shopping effortlessly using this staff initiative, as well as that of other family and friends – saving everyone a bundle.

Never again.

Next year, the online benefits site will be my first stop. It’s the best way I can think of to take the ‘Holy Moly Christmas costs a lot’ and the ‘I have been trying to find a park at this shopping centre for the past 2 hours’ out of the festive season.

Lizzy Taylor, Human Resources Coordinator