co-worker

Should I Keep An Undeserved Bonus?

04/09/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q. My boss has decided to give me a big bonus for something I only helped with; another worker deserves it more than I do. But I need the money, and she is pretty well off. What's the right thing to do?

 A. Maybe your contribution was more integral to the success of the project than you realize. But, regardless, you should be forthcoming. Not only does our tradition demand honesty in how we conduct business, but it's really the most practical professional decision you can make.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

A Lousy Romantic

Where are all the single men?

I asked myself this question only a few days into my new job when I looked around and noticed that nearly everyone was married. And the ones who weren’t were, you guessed it, female.

Not surprisingly, considering my advanced age and all, my peers are all mothers to many multitudes. And they aren’t even all religious.

“Want to hear a romantic story?” asked one of my new co-workers, my age exactly and the mother of four.

Fit And Frum

07/14/2006
Staff Writer
For a yeshiva graduate from Brooklyn, a mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a six-mile run — all in one day — began with a single question. Last year, after David Shaoul had run a 10-kilometer race in Central Park and the New York City Marathon, both on a co-worker’s challenge after a decade-plus of athletic inactivity, he asked himself, “What’s the next thing?” His answer was the triathlon, an Olympic-sanctioned sport that combines long-distance swimming, biking and running, all done consecutively.
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