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Employer HSA contribution? Nah; 49 percent of employees would prefer to have an extra week of vacation, while 25 percent would opt for free daily lunches. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When you apply for a new job, the company will likely include a list of competitive perks and benefits at the bottom of the position description. It might include things like generous vacation time” 401(k) matching, flexible work arrangements, commuter benefits, etc. And health care? Maybe it’s described as “comprehensive” or “competitive,” despite being the biggest line-item benefit and employer offers.

There’s a reason for this: Companies know that it’s these short-term benefits that really resonate with potential candidates.

Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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