National Survey Reveals Americans Prefer a Night in Jail to Losing Job
Ask.com Study Shows Benefits Outweigh Location in a Decision to Take a Job
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ask.com, a leading online brand
for questions and answers,today announced the results of its job benefits
study, conducted online by Harris Interactive among U.S. adults during the
month of October. The 2012 State of the Workplace: Benefits and Perks study
reveals that 95 percent of Americans weigh job benefits and perks before
deciding to either stay put or take a new position. Benefits such as health
insurance, 401K matching, paid time off and life insurance are so critical,
more than half of U.S. workers (60 percent) would rather spend a night in jail
than go without.
"Our goal here was to get a national view of what potential recruits value
most, while pinpointing how job seekers in the West might differ," said Lisa
Ross, vice president of human resources at Ask.com. "While it's clear that
perks like free massages resonate with Westerners in particular, they pale in
comparison to the value all Americans put on benefits like paid life insurance
and tuition assistance."
Healthcare: Worth Sleeping in the Slammer?
Benefits and perks are so coveted, Americans say they're worth a night behind
bars. Men (64 percent) are more likely to indicate this than women (56
oU.S. adults (77 percent) list health insurance as the benefit that most
factors into their employment decision.
oSurprisingly, those without children (80 percent) are more likely to
choose health insurance than those with children in the household (70
oOther benefits that topped the list for Americans include:
oRetirement/401K matching (69 percent)
oPaid time off (66 percent)
oLife insurance (54 percent)
oEase of commute/proximity to transportation (49 percent)
oStock options (39 percent)
oTuition assistance (35 percent)
More Me Time, Please!
Americans are also protective of personal time, actively seeking employers
invested in their health and well-being.
oMore than a third said unlimited paid time off (PTO), telecommuter
flexibility, and access to a free on-site gym/fitness center would
encourage them to take or keep a job(34 percent each).
oAmerican workers despise time wasted in gridlock. Half of respondents base
their decision on a job on how close it is to public transportation, or
the ease of the commute (49 percent).
Unlimited Vacation…For Real?
Unlimited PTO is gaining traction with companies such as Netflix, Zynga and
Ask.com embracing the concept. But how do Americans feel?
oSixty-nine percent said they would be swayed to take a new job if the
company offered unlimited PTO.
oUnlimited PTO matters more to single people (42 percent) than those who
are married (30 percent) or divorced (27 percent).
oIs it really unlimited? Nearly half of U.S. adults (48 percent) worry
about how much personal time they can actually take from their job.
Surprise…What Else They Want
oWestern adults (21 percent) are more likely to be encouraged to take or
keep a job with an on-site masseuse than those in the Northeast and South
(14 percent and 12 percent, respectively).
oA job that comes with a clothing allowance is a big draw for many (26
percent), more so than a childcare subsidy or onsite childcare (22
oYounger adults (18-34 -year-olds) are more likely to want a nap room (24
percent), free dry cleaning (19 percent), and a personal shopper (16
percent) than adults 35 and older.
oOffering weekend trips planned for employees and their families on
anniversaries and birthdays can also sway job seekers (18 percent).
"Silicon Valley companies are known for offering unusual perks like onsite
haircuts and laundry service, which are nice-to-haves," said Ross. "But at the
end of the day, what American workers value most are employers committed to
their health and well-being and those who are actively invested in their
overall quality of life."
Ask.com also released an infographic here detailing the benefits of adopting
an unlimitedPTO policy, a benefit the company offers.
With more than 100 million global users, Ask.com is the leading online brand
for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
Now available as a mobile service, Ask.com mobile apps have been downloaded
more than 3 million times. More information is available
This survey was conducted online within the United States between October
11-15, 2012 among 2,094 adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive on
behalf of Ask.com via its QuickQuery omnibus product. Figures for age, sex,
race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where
necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the
population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
respondents' propensity to be online.
Contact: Stephanie Cooley, +1-510-922-8416, firstname.lastname@example.org
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