In the Mercer “Making Smart Benefit Choices” survey of 10,400employees in 10 worldwide markets found employees tend to selectbenefits that provide instant gratification over long-termvalue.

In seven of the 10 survey markets, paid time off was among thetop three employee choices. Only six out of 10 markets listedhealth-related benefits among their top three choices.

Employers say they would like to give employees moredecision-making power over their benefits options, but the surveyresults show employees have yet to find a balance between short-and long-term value.

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