As an incentive policy, asking employees to work for free is a dead end. But as a training opportunity, volunteerism offers great potential for development. Unfortunately, few organizations take advantage of this hidden classroom, according to a recent survey. When asked how often they encourage employees to contribute to a not-for-profit, only 25% of organizations said they always or frequently do so. Yet 90% of respondents either strongly or somewhat agree that contributing work to a not-for-profit can develop leadership skills. When participants were asked whether working with a not-for-profit organization was considered as an option for skill development, 43% said rarely or never. Only 15% said always or frequently.