Oct 2, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech employees can save money on a variety of goods and services – many of which they are already buying at full price. Cost-conscious employees can tap into any of three discount programs with savings in a variety of categories such as legal and financial services, transportation and travel services, and health and wellness, among others.
The discount programs available to Tech employees are Georgia Tech Perks and Programs, Team Georgia (for state of Georgia employees), and University System of Georgia Perks at Work. Candice Bovian, work-life specialist in Human Resources, highlighted some of the perks during a recent event sponsored by Tech’s Staff Council.
“Everyone should be getting a discount on your cell phone bill because all three programs offer discounts on cell phone service,” said Bovian, who pointed out that the amount of the discounts may vary from one program to the next. When researching the discounts, she even discovered that one of the programs offered a better deal than she was getting on her service.
In addition to most of the major cell phone providers offering discounts, there are also discounts on other items that most people purchase, such as computers and various Microsoft Office software packages. Discounts are even available on OtterBox cell phone cases and Beats by Dre headphones.
Some examples of savings through Georgia Tech Perks and Programs include discounts on parking for those that carpool, free will preparation via the university’s Employee Assistance Program provider, and gym memberships, which includes outdoor equipment rental at competitive prices.
For employees looking to save on outdoor adventures, Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT) is the way to go, according to David Knobbe, assistant director, Campus Recreation Center. ORGT has high-quality outdoor recreation equipment available for rent.
“If you want to structure your own outdoor adventure, and you need a boat, a tent, or a backpack, come see us and we can outfit you for a great opportunity,” Knobbe said.
ORGT runs about 155 day and overnight adventure programs. Although most of the programs are targeted to students, there are lots of opportunities for Tech employees to engage with ORGT.
“This year we’ll do 19 expeditions of at least six days, with most of them being closer to two weeks,” Knobbe said. “We’ll be in eight countries.”
On the State of Georgia site, there are discounts on tickets to the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Aquarium, and more.
USG’s Perks at Work site includes a little bit of everything. One of its greatest benefits is WOWPoints, which accumulate with each purchase. For every dollar spent, 100 WOWPoints are earned. These WOWPoints can be used as cash for shopping.
Looking across the three programs, there are discounts available for almost anything an employee would consider purchasing.
“I would suggest that employees comparison shop,” Bovian said, “because you never know.”