A few months ago, I celebrated my one year anniversary at my new job. When I first joined my company, I was shocked that employees needed to pay for their own cell phone service. At my previous jobs, the companies paid for my cellphone because I was on call. Although I am well compensated, this is one benefit I sorely missed.
I recently learned that my company has AT&T cell phone discounts. Why didn’t anyone tell me when I first joined one year ago? I guess I never got the memo, but I quickly called AT&T to rectify the situation. They sent me a text from AT&T Business Direct Premier and some instructions on how to enroll for the employee discount. I entered my work email into the text link and AT&T sent me an email confirmation. I clicked Start to continue. Unfortunately, the link displayed the wrong company name. The operator warned me that it would take three months to process. If I proceeded with the wrong company name, it may delay the process even longer.
I decided to go another angle and contacted my HR department for assistance. They told me to go to the AT&T store and give them my employee AT&T discount code. After a very painful one-hour wait, I got my employee discount number entered into the system. To verify my current employment, I needed to provide a paystub or a company ID. Thankfully I had my company ID in my car. Going forward, I will now save 25% a month on my cell phone bill and any new wireless accessories.
I was shocked that no one told me about the company cell phone discount. I was also irritated and embarrassed that I was paying full price for my cell phone plan for an entire year. After resolving things at the AT&T store, I realized no one was responsible for the situation but myself. When I first got the job, rather than wallow in the pain of paying for my cell phone bill, I should’ve proactively looked into employee discount plans. Going forward instead of wallowing in self-pity at any dire life situation, I need to quickly shake off the shock and look for possible ways to improve it. Right off the bat, I should’ve discussed things with HR. Old habits die hard, because I waited for things to fall into my lap. As we all know, nothing good ever comes from that. Just take a look at my last year’s cell phone bill.
Update: I spoke to AT&T again and they reversed three months as a courtesy. Never hurts to ask right?