Some Employers Are Active in Tsunami Relief, But Most Aren't, Poll Finds

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One-third of employers are working with their employees on tsunami relief, but just over one-half are doing nothing, according to an online poll conducted at, a website for human resources professionals., a website for human resources professionals, asked visitors in an online poll, "What, if anything, is your company doing for relief of the tsunami victims?" For 51 percent, the answer was: "Nothing."

The good news is that 17 percent of those polled said their companies are at least "encouraging employees to give to relief agencies." Even better, 33 percent said, "We're organizing or participating in fund-raising, supply efforts, etc." The online poll, conducted from Thursday, January 6, to Thursday, January 13, drew 301 responses.

For employers who’d like to work with their employees on tsunami relief—or any other form of charitable giving— has created an Employee Giving Resource Center, at It features dozens of links to charities and organizations that monitor charities, along with such subscriber-only tools as a sample matching gifts form. Free, 30-day trial access to all resources at - "State HR Answers and Tools Online" - are available.

Editors at Business and Legal Reports Inc. (BLR), which operates, note that employers can realize many benefits from organizing charitable giving. For one, it makes employees feel that they're making a difference in the world. (That, in turn, could improve their overall morale and productivity.) For another, the company improves its image in the eyes of both its employees and the public.

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