Employees want vacations, not raises: Survey

Employers should offer variety of benefits to satisfy all generations
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

Canadian employees would rather be given more time off than any other benefit — including a salary increase, according to a survey by Mercer.

“In Canada, generally speaking, organizations are running fairly lean, people are generally working pretty hard so, in some respects, it’s worker fatigue speaking,” said Brian Lindenberg, senior partner at Mercer in Calgary.

One-fifth (20 per cent) of Canadian employees said their most preferred benefit is one additional week of paid time off, found the global survey of 10,400 employees worldwide (with 1,033 from Canada). Canada was the only country to have paid time off at the top of the wish list.