As remote workers surge, vision network size and coverage become even more important

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Is your vision network providing enough support for your remote workforce?

As the world begins to return to “normal,” some employees are aching to get back to the office; others, not so much. Even as companies start easing workplace restrictions and officially welcome their teams back into the office, many employees would rather keep working from home.

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And employers seem to be okay with that. Gartner found that 82% of executives intend to let employees work remotely at least part of the time, and 47% are good with employees working remotely full time. 2

Is remote the new normal for employees? That’s hard to say, but what is certain is the need for a benefits network to support employees, whether they work from home, across town, or across the country.

Diverse networks make finding care and using benefits easy

Choice is often the key to benefits utilization and satisfaction. Members want to find a vision care provider that is convenient for them. And with more employees working remotely, offering access to a broad network is one way to ensure employees can find in-network providers close to home.

Having a diverse network is only part of the puzzle. Network options must also offer employees access to the right types of providers. EyeMed’s vision network provides the right mix of independent eye doctors, plus the most desired national and regional retail providers so employees can easily find the provider that is right for them.

Members want choice and convenience

No one ever looked at too many options as a bad thing. It’s the same with vision care. Broad and diverse networks mean there is a provider for everyone.  Some members want convenience, and others prefer a personal touch. Still, others might prioritize fashion, while some want low to no out-of-pocket cost. You can make everyone happy with a network that covers all the bases.

And speaking of convenience, a diverse network means members can always find care when it suits their schedule, whether that’s early mornings, after hours, or over the weekend. Our network also lets members shop for eyewear the way they want.

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Greater access to care spurs enrollment and lowers costs

We know that vision networks that provide employees with choice and convenience can boost plan utilization and overall satisfaction with the vision offering. And as more employees take advantage of their benefits, they are improving their overall health and wellness, resulting in a healthier, happier and more productive workforce. 

And because EyeMed is America’s fastest growing vision benefits company we offer more provider options for employees to choose from.3 With us, employees will have no problem finding an in-network eye doctor and keeping their out-of-pocket costs low.

When it comes to the modern-day workplace, “normal” is subjective, but leveraging a vision network that provides choice, convenience and value, no matter where members call home, is one thing everyone can agree on.


1 “The Surprising Truth About How Many Employees Want To Keep Working From Home.” Forbes. []
2“What Will the Workplace Look Like in 2025?” Society of Human resource Management. []

3Internal analysis of EyeMed membership data compared to data from leading vision benefit companies, as reported in publicly available information, 2019