25th January 2010



With new research revealing today that people are unhappy at work, TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, urges more employers to support their staff to volunteer as it believes it can make a vital difference to people’s job satisfaction and core skill development.


The research of over 2,000 employees, conducted by jobsite, reveals that:


  • over two thirds of employees surveyed feel anxious about their job security
  • a third of employees surveyed admit that they are unhappy at work
  • over a third of employees surveyed claim to feel less loyal to the company they work for as a result of the recession
  • of those employees surveyed that volunteer through work, two thirds claim to do it because it makes them happy and a quarter do it to develop their skills
  • over two thirds of employees surveyed say their employer does not support their staff to volunteer


Employee volunteering can increase staff performance and retention – research shows that it results in higher staff motivation and staff that volunteer through their company are more likely to stay longer in an organisation.


TimeBank, which runs employee volunteering schemes for the public and private sectors, is therefore urging employers to recognise the value employee volunteering can bring to their workforce and organisation.


Helen Walker, Chief Executive, TimeBank says,


“We know that volunteering can make a real difference to the disengagement that British workers seem to feel as a result of the recession. That is why we are urging the two thirds of British employers who don’t currently support their staff to volunteer to get on board and reap the benefits that an employee volunteering scheme can bring to their staff as well as their organisation. Our expertise lies in identifying volunteering opportunities for people through long term partnerships with community organisations. We can work with employers to develop a tailored volunteering scheme for their staff where we survey their employees to find out what their skills and interests are and then work directly with a variety of community organisations to place them in volunteering opportunities that benefit both the organisation and their employees.”


Sally Ann Jones, Executive Development Coach and co-founder of Ithaca Development Coaching says,


"When staff morale is low employee volunteering is a great way for employers to demonstrate that they are investing in their staff. Through volunteering, employees will enhance their skills, enrich their routine and gain a level of job satisfaction which is motivating.


In terms of business benefits, not only do employee volunteering schemes fulfill a commitment to responsible business practices but they also provide value to the business at a low cost in the form of team building experiences, an aid to retention and recruitment and as a means of developing talent."


For more information on how to run an employee volunteering scheme for your staff visit


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Notes to Editors:

  • TimeBank ( is a registered national charity that tackles social issues by encouraging and inspiring people to give their time for free to volunteering projects
  • is the UK’s biggest job site, featuring over 95,000 live vacancies from more than 9,000 recruiters
  • The survey was carried out by of over 2,000 jobseekers across the UK


Other interesting findings include:

  • More money is the most important factor in making staff happier but gaining a promotion is not as important as training, confirming the idea that after the difficulties of the downturn perhaps disengaged staff have convinced themselves that the grass is greener elsewhere.
  • 22% of employees say a higher salary would make them happier in their job with training coming a close second (20%), surprisingly higher than more benefits (15%) and more holiday (6%). 12% say team building and staff socials would make them happier.
  • 20% volunteer because they want to make a difference to their local communities
  • Employee volunteering could have benefits on recruitment too. When choosing an organisation to work for, employees are becoming increasingly concerned with their company ‘giving back’with a third of employees claiming they would choose to work somewhere that was committed to ethical practice choosing that over and above an organisation that offers good benefits (25%)


TimeBank runs employee volunteering programmes for T-Mobile and Sony UK. Results from 3,000 employee volunteers include:

  • 83% of employees volunteer for fun and enjoyment
  • 80% of employees volunteer for personal satisfaction
  • Teamwork comes top in the list of professional skills that employees feel they develop through volunteering (91%) with communication skills coming second (56%)
  • Other skills that employees developed include planning, project management, delegation, coaching and mentoring and creativity

Research by The Corporate Citizenship Company (

Research by Walker Information (