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Believe it or not: Which benefits are for real?
by Staff
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.?

  • vacation days
  • health care
  • maternity leave

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

  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

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

  • weight-loss program
  • smoking cessation program
  • CPR/First Aid training

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

  • boost productivity
  • enhance a company's image
  • both of the above

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

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Apple

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?

  • unlimited m&ms
  • cupcake truck
  • weekly sushi bar

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

  • Runner's World Magazine
  • REI
  • Clif Bar

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

  • free heart surgery
  • weekly personal training
  • diet plans for life

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

  • United Healthcare
  • Microsoft
  • IBM

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

  • recycling rebates
  • paid time to tend the company organic garden
  • cash for using alternative commuting methods

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

  • none
  • 1 percent
  • 2 percent

How does unlimited paid vacation time typically work?

  • You can take time off whenever you'd like, no strings attached.
  • You can take time off whenever you'd like, provided you meet deadlines and performance targets.
  • Time off in the summer and around holidays isn't guaranteed; it depends what other staffers want to do.

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

  • 38 percent
  • 56 percent
  • 88 percent

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

  • Hilton Worldwide
  • S.C. Johnson & Son
  • Target Corp.

Which dot-com company offers workers deskside veggie delivery and subsidized organic "Dot Calm Café" drinks, plus has a strict "no-tie" dress code?

  • Peapod
  • Etsy
  • Dealer.com

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?

  • 5
  • 10
  • 20

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

  • Googleplex
  • Googlarama
  • Hotel Google

What does the "Google 15" refer to?

  • Google's 15 snack rooms
  • the 15 pounds typically gained in an employee's first year
  • the 15 pounds of free candy one employee downed over a 3-day period, now Google legend

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

  • You get the afternoon off.
  • You can wear shorts.
  • You get an ice cream sundae.

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

  • annual Walt Disney World passes
  • free use of the company yachts
  • annual swim-with-the-dolphins sessions for the family