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Jewish World Review April 26, 2001 / 4 Iyar, 5761

Workstyle by Paula Bern

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Don't let nasty call keep you from volunteer work; absolutely musat-read book for anyone forced into early retirement -- Q: I often feel guilty because I do so little volunteer work for neighborhood charities. So I volunteered several weeks ago to man a telephone at a fund-raiser for our local public television station. It's a gigantic auction put on each year and every single item is donated. A caller can bid on anything and everything - from baby chicks to rugs. Naturally, the TV cameras pan the volunteers and so I put on a happy face and take the calls. Imagine my shock when a caller let loose with a string of obscenities that made my hair curl. I couldn't say anything; I just hung up the phone. Then I left the studio without telling anyone what happened. Does this happen to other people? - Sissy, Mass.

A: Nope. I suspect you were just unlucky. Most people calling in to donate something for the arts take the call very seriously and truly want to show their appreciation for art, music or dance. I have volunteered to man the phones many times and it always has been a rewarding experience. So forget the one nasty call and keep offering your time and skill.

Q: I just had a chance to preview a book that should be "must reading" for anyone forced into early retirement or who feels discriminated against because of age. As most of us know, "early forced retirement" in most situations is illegal. Truly early retirement is not. If your readers want to know the difference, I suggest they get the book "Age Discrimination in the American Workplace; Old at a Young Age" by Raymond Gregory. This book makes clear the fine line of distinction and lists the remedial actions available. -J.D., Marquette, Mich.

A: Thanks for the tip. I know of the book as well and would agree that it does have excellent tips for anyone who feels he is being pushed out of their job in a wrongful way.

04/06/01: Office pest ... Manhattan cabbies .... actuary's gripe
04/02/01: Noise at work ... snoopy patients ... lunch protocol
03/28/01: Too many kids hawking stuff ... working at home ... candy
03/22/01: Express lane miscreant ... wife needs a life
03/15/01: Explaining gap in resume ... therapist ... unemployed
03/07/01: Rude public...venegeful man...whining speeder
02/20/01: Computers and preschoolers ... rude bank customers
02/13/01: Hooked on subliminal tapes ...picking up the tab

Dr. Paula Bern has taught executive seminars at Carnegie-Mellon University. Comment by clicking here.


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