Mostly, people just care about an extra week of vacation as biggest work benefit
Mercer attributes it to “current stress-filled economic environment” though not working seems like a logical top work benefit for overworked employees — and added business for the travel industry to boot.
A new study from Mercer which polled about 10,400 workers in ten countries found that employees prefer more vacation over any other workplace benefit. Given the choice, employees worldwide tend to select benefits that offer immediate gratification rather than those that potentially deliver value over the long term, and one-week paid vacation (PTO, in the chart below) is at the top in the majority of the countries polled, along with one-week-equivalent’s salary increase.
And below, some ranking (conjoint analysis) of top benefits employees would like, by country: