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Giving to charity boosts morale at work

3 June 2019

Businesses which encourage staff to donate to charity and volunteer their time enjoy the added bonus of a boost in employee morale, new research has found.

The Charities Aid Foundation survey asked people about their employers' attitude towards supporting good causes and found that 57% of respondents agreed that this helps improve morale in the workplace.

The polling found that 50% of respondents thought that all businesses had a responsibility to support charities, while 49% thought that employees should give staff time off each year to volunteer for a good cause - a growing trend among employers.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of respondents agreed that businesses and organisations that support charities and good causes make for better employers.

Both recruitment consultancies and the British Chambers of Commerce have reported that businesses in the UK are facing increased staff turnover and are struggling to recruit new staff.

Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at CAF said:

"This research shows that supporting charities is a great way to improve morale in the workplace.  Not only does it help businesses and organisations to retain their existing workforce, but showing support for charities helps employers attract new talent.

"If employers can also offer potential and existing employees the chance to volunteer for a good cause it would appear to be a win-win for all involved."

Notes to Editors

1.  CAF is one of Europe's largest charitable foundations and for over 90 years has helped donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact.  It exists to make giving go further so that more lives and communities around the world can be transformed.  We are CAF and we make giving count.

2.  All figures unless otherwise stated are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,138 adults.  Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th and 31st December 2018.  The survey was carried out online.  The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 16+).

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