Beth Kobliner

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Backstabbing Up in Down Economy

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Incivility in the workplace is an unfortunate side effect of the recession, where jobs are scarce and everyone is aiming to hold on to whatever work they have. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner says there are ways to stay in-the-know without being a gossip at work. We also talk with Will Marcum, a former GM plant worker of 20 years in Pontiach, Mich., to hear about his story of office politics during the economic downturn.

"Nine times out of 10, politics – not the best person – is going to be promoted. And this, I think, is what's killing America and killing the workforce right now."
—Will Marcum, former GM plant worker in Pontiac, Mich., on why politics should not play a role in workers getting promoted


When Taking Time Off Is Good For Business

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

American culture has always valued high worker productivity; it’s hard to encourage people in the U.S. to take time off from work. But one company thinks it can make more money by forcing employees to get out of the office and work fewer hours. For our weekly work segment, we talk with our contributor Beth Kobliner, Boston Consulting Group's Grant Freeland and Harvard Business School's Leslie Perlow about time off's benefits for employers and employees alike.

"By working as a team to try to create that predictable time off, it forced them to actually think about how they were doing their work, as a team, and to challenge some very deeply held assumptions about how work had to be done, and to realize things could be done differently."
—Harvard Business School's Leslie Perlow, on an experiment in which business groups were required to take regularly scheduled hours off work every week

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Workplace Gender Balance Shifting

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we're soon likely to see a major shift in the gender balance of the working world. As early as this November, it's projected that for the first time in U.S. history, more women will be working than men. Add to this fact that 78 percent of the people laid off in the recent recession were men, and one sees a whole new picture of America's workforce.

We speak with Beth Kobliner, author of "Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties." She says the forces changing the demographics of the working world influence both men and women. Also, Sharon Meers, a former Goldman Sachs executive and co-author of "Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All by Sharing It All," explains what the shifts might mean for the managers and workers of small and large companies across the country.

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Will Move For Work

Thursday, September 17, 2009

As the unemployment rate climbs, more people are having to relocate in order to find work. Almost 20% of Americans who took new jobs in July moved in order to get them. The Takeaway's finance contributor Beth Kobliner talks about the challenges — and opportunities — of a national job search. We also hear from Jeff Gilbert, who moved last year from outside Detroit to Wyoming, Ohio to take a job as general manager of a commercial manufacturing company.


Electronic Footprints: What Your Messages Say about You

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Call it Big Brother or call it being a conscientious employer, but there's a new kind of software that monitors your use of email and online messaging: how many messages you send, how often, and when. It's called Cataphora and it also looks at instant messaging, word processors, and keycard use, to find out how useful an employee you are. We talk with Cataphora's CEO, Elizabeth Charnock, along with Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties.

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Being Literally Sick of the Economy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

For our Thursday work segment, we're talking about how work, or the lack of it, puts a strain on mental health. Some health experts say that stress from a recession can negatively impact your mind and body. Stress on the economy can lead to stress in your body, in other words.  Joining us is our finance contributor Beth Kobliner, and Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, a psychologist and physical therapist.

Dr. Lombardo's "GREAT" acronym for avoiding stress-related physical effects:

  • G for Gratitude
  • R for Relaxation
  • E for Exercise
  • A for Assist others
  • T for Take care of yourself


Credit Card Reform Act in Effect Today

Friday, August 21, 2009

The first phase of the "Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009" goes into effect this week. While some major provisions of the law won't kick in until next year, credit card companies have to make some immediate changes, including giving cardholders advance notice about interest rate hikes. Personal finance expert and The Takeaway's finance contributor Beth Kobliner joins us to help explain the new rules.

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Why You Might Start a Business in a Recession

Thursday, August 20, 2009

With so much talk about the ailing economy, it may not seem like the best time to start a new business,  but in our weekly work segment we look at some reasons why it might make sense to do it now. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties, joins us with two entrepreneurs who are doing well in the recession: Marva Allen, co-owner of Hue-Man Bookstore in New York, and Jo-Ellen Stammen, who runs her own design business. ...(continue reading)

What they see is [that] bigger, more established competitors may be having to cut back and lay off people, maybe not having that great service they used to have. So a new company could start, a small business could start, and really have that edge.
—Financial author Beth Kobliner on why starting a business during a recession can be a good idea


Economy Hits Older Workers Hard

Monday, August 10, 2009

14.5 million Americans are out of work due to the worst recession since the Great Depression. All age groups are feeling the pain of the recession, but for 44-55 year olds, it's even harder. Beth Kobliner, Takeaway work-life Contributor and author of the bestseller, "Get a Financial Life" talks to us, along with Susan Price, who is 49, unemployed and looking for work.

I tried to remove some of the age indicators from my resume...I definitely updated my resume to reflect the newness of the MBA and tried to play down some of the other dates.
—Susan Price, 49 year old laid-off professional trying to find a job

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Furloughs Increase as Companies Cut Costs

Monday, July 27, 2009

Taking an extended vacation sounds like a dream, except when time off is involuntary and unpaid. To cut costs, more employers are implementing mandatory leaves from work, commonly known as furloughs. For a look at what this growing trend says about the workforce—and for some tips on how to navigate your own unpaid leave—The Takeaway is joined by Beth Kobliner, a personal finance expert and author of The New York Times best-seller, “Get a Financial Life.” We also talk to Jason Ramirez, who was recently furloughed from working in web design and video production in Los Angeles, and Tim Kirkwood, a flight attendant and author of "The Flight Attendant Job Finder & Career Guide" and partner in He’s been on full-time furlough since April 1, 2009.

"Even though it has this nice sound—"furlough"—it's a pay cut and you're getting less money and you have to adjust your spending."
—Beth Kobliner on furloughs


Getting to the Altar Without Going Broke

Monday, July 06, 2009

A multi-million-dollar industry has been pushing brides to spend more and more money in the search for a "perfect day." But now the average amount spent on weddings is beginning to go down. How are brides-to-be pinching pennies on their way down the aisle? Joining The Takeaway with some advice is Beth Kobliner, personal finance expert and author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.

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[Web Special] Live Q&A with Beth Kobliner

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

We had a live online Question and Answer session with Beth Kobliner, author of "Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties."

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All is Forgiven? New Student Loan Repayment Plan

Monday, June 29, 2009

Roughly 50 percent of all college graduates leave school with what can be years' of student loan debt. But relief is in sight. On July 1, a new income-based repayment plan goes into effect. For a look at who is eligible for this financial lifeline, The Takeaway is joined by personal finance expert Beth Kobliner. She is the author of The New York Times best-seller "Get a Financial Life." Also joining the show are two people who are saddled with student loan debt. Austin Light is a journalist who shares over $100,000 of debt with his wife. He joins us from Charlotte, North Carolina. Colleen Hansford joins The Takeaway form Colorado Springs. As a single mother of three, she is struggling to scale down the $66,000 in debt that she’s incurred.

Go to the Income Based Repayment site IBRinfo to get more information about this repayment plan.

"After 25 years, the government forgives all your debt."
— Beth Kobliner on income-based repayment of student loans


A Teenager's So-Called Financial Life

Friday, May 29, 2009

The economic downturn is making life harder than usual for teenagers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate among teens is 21.7 percent — the highest rate in nearly 20 years. And these aren’t just kids looking for iPod money. There are young people across the socioeconomic spectrum who are hoping to put themselves through school, or to pitch in at home. Joining us to explain what it means to have so many jobless teens is Beth Kobliner. She is a personal finance expert and author of The New York Times best-seller Get a Financial Life.


Charge! Credit Card Reform and Consumers

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A bill to reform the practices of credit card companies is likely to end up on President Obama's desk before Memorial Day. So what's in this bill, and what does it mean for the average credit card user? To help us understand how this bill will affect consumers, we turn to finance writer Beth Kobliner, author of the book Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties.
"Frankly, a third of people don't carry a balance from month to month. So those people don't care what the interest rate is on their credit card. They're just paying off their bill, using their credit card as a convenience. And those people won't get hurt about it."
—"Get a Financial Life" author Beth Kobliner on credit card reforms

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Mom, Is My Bedroom Still Available? Life After College

Friday, May 15, 2009

All week in our series Pomp in these Circumstances, we've been looking at life after graduation. Many young adults will be going out into the real world, trying to get jobs and to live on their own. But in this economy, many graduating students will be moving back in with their parents. How much financial help should you give your children? Here to advise us is Beth Kobliner, is a personal finance expert and author of The New York Times best-seller Get a Financial Life.
"People at this age are so concerned right now. And you think about it: They're graduating with, on average, $22,000 in student loans, $4,100 in credit card debt, and it's the worst job market in 25 years. Their pomp is being tempered by lousy circumstances."
—Personal finance expert Beth Kobliner on the challenges for college graduates