CAF Connects Winter 2014

What difference could volunteering make?

What difference could volunteering make?

Our latest research delves into the issue of offering paid time off to volunteer. It looks at who takes up the benefit, why they do so and what impact it could have if the opportunity and participation rates were more widespread.

Low availability and awareness

Companies could be doing more to get staff volunteering because:

  • only 7 per cent of employees say they are given paid time off to volunteer
  • nearly a quarter (22 per cent) don’t know if this opportunity is available to them
  • almost three quarters (72 per cent) say they don’t get this benefit at all.

Employees want to volunteer

There is a widespread appetite for taking up volunteering. Nearly a fifth who have never volunteered before would like to do so in the future. 6 out of 10 believe receiving paid leave to volunteer would encourage them to give up their time for good causes.

The economic impact of volunteering

As Larry Elliott from the Guardian writes: “Around 15 million people volunteer regularly. Between them they put in over 2 billion hours a year...the economic value of volunteering could exceed £50 billion a year.”

Just imagine the difference it could make if all those employees who want to volunteer are given the opportunity, encouragement and support to do so.

What difference could you make?

If your business already offers paid leave to volunteer, achieving more could be as easy as changing the way you communicate volunteering to your employees. Or organising volunteering days for your employees to participate in.

If you don’t offer paid volunteering, why not survey your employees to understand their appetite to take part? It could be a simple but great addition to your existing corporate responsibility strategy.

Read our full story on volunteering

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