In inner city areas, providing help with reading to primary school children has been known to turn aggressive managers into patient charmers.
As this year's crop of lucky youngsters head off on their gap-year travels they leave behind some envious parents. For many of those now in the upper echelons of business moved straight from education to the workplace and have been toiling ever since.
But there is some truth in the saying 'All work and no play make Jack a dull boy'. Enlightened companies realise the advantages of encouraging executives to extend their horizons beyond the office.