This article in says that employers should support their employees if they want to take time off for the Olympic games so they can become a volunteer in Beijing.

Caterersearch is a UK based website so the view is not surprising with the London games in 2012.

“It isn’t just the international chains,” he says. “Of course, losing a person for four weeks has an impact for a small business. But if you want to retain people, allowing them to go sends a great psychological message and you’ll benefit from them being rejuvenated and refreshed by their experiences.

“I’m optimistic. I think organisations in the hospitality sector will look favourably on staff who find volunteer options at the Olympics. And looking forward to 2012, it will be a spur for hoteliers and restaurateurs to focus on the benefits, particularly if their business is likely to be affected by the London games.”