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Employees' top 10 desired perks for the workplace

1. Half-day Fridays 1. Half-day Fridays

The top choice for 40% of employees surveyed was early dismissal on Fridays. According to Mercer research, work-life balance could recharge employee engagement and help retain employees.

2. On-site fitness center 2. On-site fitness center

Twenty percent of workers said providing easy access to gyms would increase their job satisfaction. A HealthFitness expert offers 10 tips in this slide show for building and sustaining a culture of health in the workplace.

3. Ability to wear jeans 3. Ability to wear jeans

Having a casual dress code was the most preferred perk by 18% of employees and doesn't cost employers a dime to implement.

4. Daily catered lunches 4. Daily catered lunches

On the other hand, 17% of employees wished their employer would provide daily lunches, which could improve productivity in addition to satisfaction if workers don’t need to leave the office to buy food.

5. Massages 5. Massages

Employees who wanted massages to relax in the workplace (16%) may be on to something as experts claim massage therapy can boost morale, increase productivity and even help with attraction and retention.

6. Nap room 6. Nap room

The Huffington Post and Google have created napping rooms or pods in their offices, a perk that 12% of employees wanted most, according to CareerBuilder. Arianna Huffington said “I love seeing our hard-working reporters disappear into the nap room,” and joked: “We haven’t seen any disappear in pairs yet, but we’re watching for it!”

7. Rides to and from work 7. Rides to and from work

Not only could office-provided transportation or organized carpooling save employees stressful commutes, sharing a ride could help them save money on transportation or fuel costs. No wonder 12% desire this perk most from their employers.

8. Snack cart that comes around the office 8. Snack cart that comes around the office

Having a snack cart patrol the office would permit employees to munch happily while never leaving their desks. Eight percent of employees said this perk would most improve their job satisfaction.

9. Private restroom 9. Private restroom

Having their own restroom would make 7% of workers very appreciative, though employers may have trouble giving this perk to every employee.

10. On-site daycare 10. On-site daycare

Home Depot agrees with 6% of workers that on-site daycare is a perk worth having. The company’s onsite child care facility has space for 278 children and is available to all employees in the Atlanta area, not just those who work at the head office.

Since 32% of employers reported that top performers left their organizations in 2012 and 39% are concerned that they'll lose top talent in 2013, many are asking current employees for feedback on how to increase job satisfaction. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 26% of workers said that providing special perks is an effective way to improve employee retention. Here are the 10 that scored highest when workers were asked to identify one perk that would make their workplace more satisfying. [Images: Shutterstock]

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