Believe it or not: Which benefits are for real?


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These days, employers are offering better -- and more novel -- benefits that put the basic health-dental-vacation packages to shame. How much do you know about the best of the benefits world? Can you tell which perks are real and which are just pies in the sky?

What's the most common workplace benefit in the U.S.?

According to a 2010 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Labor, paid leave (vacation) was the most common benefit provided by employers.


How many paid holidays does the average American worker receive each year?

The average American gets eight paid holidays per year, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Labor.


Employee health is a big concern to many employers. What's the most popular wellness benefit offered?

Fifty-three percent of employers offered CPR/First Aid training, compared with 36 percent offering smoking cessation and 30 percent offering weight-loss programs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's 2011 benefits survey.


Good benefits help a business attract and retain talented employees. What else do benefits do?

Steve Williams, director of research for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), says stellar benefits also boost employee productivity, bolster a firm's image and provide a competitive advantage.


What company is widely considered to offer the most creative employee perks?

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., regularly tops lists of companies offering the most incredible employee benefits.


It's not too unusual these days for companies to offer employees free or reduced-price meals. But which food perk does FactSet offer its workers?

Financial research firm FactSet arranges for a local cupcake truck to stop at its headquarters. (Pie, cheese, hot dog and Chinese food trucks, too!)


Which company reimburses employees up to $350/year for athletic competition entry fees?

Clif Bar, maker of nutritious energy food and drinks, offers this perk, typically used by employees to offset the cost of entering marathons, triathlons, century bike rides and the like.


Home retailer Lowe's offers employees an incredible health benefit. What is it?

Full-time employees at Lowe's, and their covered dependents who are enrolled in the company's self-funded medical plan, can have qualifying heart surgery procedures performed at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic has been ranked #1 in the U.S. for heart care for 15 consecutive years.


Which business was the first major corporation to offer benefits for autism therapy?

In 2001, software giant Microsoft began offering insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis, an intensive autism therapy.


David Evans and Associates of Portland, Ore., wanted to make their business more sustainable, so they began offering what innovative perk?

Employees at David Evans and Associates get up to $6 per day for commuting to work by walking, biking, carpooling or using the bus.


How many U.S. businesses offer their employees unlimited paid vacation?

According to human resources group World at Work, in 2010, 1 percent of companies reported they offer unlimited paid leave.


How does unlimited paid vacation time typically work?

Generally, under a system of unlimited paid vacation, employees are free to take off as much time as they wish, whenever they'd like, as long as they meet deadlines and all performance targets.


What percentage of Americans use all of their annual allotted vacation days?

A measly 38 percent of American workers use all of their vacation days each year, according to a 2010 study by Expedia.


Which company has an on-site concierge that will, among other tasks, stand in line to buy concert tickets for you?

The helpful concierges at S.C. Johnson & Son, a company that makes household products, will not only wait in line to get concert tickets, but they'll take your car in for an oil change and house sit, too.


Which dot-com company offers workers deskside veggie delivery and subsidized organic "Dot Calm Café" drinks, plus has a strict "no-tie" dress code?, an online auto marketing company based in Burlington, Vermont, offers these perks.


Scottrade, an online investing firm based in St. Louis, will consider opening a branch office in any city where any employee relocates. How many such offices has it opened for employees?

Scottrade has opened 20 such offices for employees, including two for one employee who moved twice, to Georgia and Florida.


Google's perks are legendary, as is its actual workplace. What's the nickname of Google's headquarters?

Google's headquarters are called the Googleplex.


What does the "Google 15" refer to?

Many new Google employees pig out on all of the free food the company offers, gaining about 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) during their first year of employment -- the Google 15.


What happens on Fridays during the summer at the Grasshopper Group?

Every Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, employees at the Grasshopper Group in Boston receive a paid half-day off.


Workers at JM Family Enterprises in Florida get free haircuts and what other innovative benefit?

Employees at this Deerfield Beach, Fla., automotive distributor can use one of the yachts in the company fleet.


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