Want to enhance your benefits package to entice your topperformers to hang around and lure new talent to your team? Offerthem a half day’s work on Friday — it’s by far the No. 1 perkdesired by employees.

This, at least, is what several thousand respondents to aCareerBuilder survey said. Constantly on the prowl for moreinformation on job seekers, CareerBuilderlearned that 21 percent of those surveyed have resolved to land anew job in 2016, up from 16 percent in last year’s survey. So whatare these folks looking for in a new employer?

Some of the qualities employees on the hunt value can’t bechanged on short notice. The five most important characteristics ina new employer — all of which outranked salary — were asfollows:

  • Job stability: 65 percent

  • Affordable benefits: 59 percent

  • Location: 56 percent

  • Good boss: 51 percent

  • Good work culture: 46 percent

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.