Almost 90 per cent of managers would allow flexible working for employees who want to volunteer, but few have a written policy to reflect this, according to a new study.
Seventy-one per cent said they dealt with requests for flexible working in an informal, case-by- case way.
Nearly 1,000 managers were questioned for the survey, conducted by Roffey Park Management College.
The research also found that 82 per cent of those questioned would allow unpaid sabbaticals and 77 per cent would allow unpaid holiday for volunteering.
The kind of volunteering for which managers would consider allowing flexible working hours included acting as a school governor, being a magistrate or organising charitable activities.