Fifty-eight per cent of per cent of people would volunteer if their employer provided help in the form of paid leave, flexible working hours or a formal volunteering policy, a new poll suggests.
But it also found that 19 per cent of those questioned said their employers could do nothing to encourage them to volunteer. Twenty-five per cent said they were neutral about the idea.
The poll of a representative sample of 1,500 staff and managers across all sectors was commissioned by the youth volunteering charity v from the polling organisation YouGov.
It found that nearly two-thirds of employers felt they did not provide enough support for their employees to volunteer.
It also found that 96 per cent of the managers polled identified volunteering as important in developing workplace skills such as self-confidence, understanding of social and cultural issues and teamwork.
Sixty-three per cent of managers said they believed volunteering supported employees' career progression, and 76 per cent of staff reported that volunteering increased their sense of wellbeing.
Terry Ryall, chief executive of v, said in a statement: "Volunteering is a fantastic way of enhancing an employee's wellbeing, while adding to the success of the business. Businesses should be looking to embrace volunteering as a key component of their wider corporate social responsibility strategy."