There is a big contrast in the significant level of employee volunteering activity in the UK compared to the small amount of data, analysis and research on this topic. It is actually quite surprising.
Employee volunteering specialist, not-for-profit Works4U, is addressing this large gap by launching a dedicated employee volunteering survey that will provide, perhaps for the first time, real analysis on the employee volunteering experience. Works4U will release the results of the survey in 2023 and its aim is to this annually to provide regular up-to-date analysis on employee volunteering.
Works4U will be able to report back on aspects of employee volunteering we do not currently have any proper data about. For example, on average, how much time off is given by employers to carry out employee volunteering? Does this vary by the size of organisation? How is the employee volunteering organised? How much impact did the employee volunteers think their volunteering had?
This data and analysis will give great insight into how businesses carry out employee volunteering and whether they are maximising the potential of its impact for their organisation, their employees and for the community.
It is clear to see in 2022 that businesses take far more seriously their social responsibility compared to ten years ago. Terminology in this area moving from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to social or community impact with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) being most prevalent amongst larger corporations. Whatever the terminology is used, employee volunteering and how it is carried out is an important part of this work.
The survey is open to anyone working for any type of organisation (private, public or voluntary sector) where there are 5 or more employees.
You can view, complete or share the survey using this link: