Beth Kobliner appears in the following:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Monday, August 10, 2009
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
Monday, July 27, 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
Monday, July 06, 2009
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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Monday, June 29, 2009
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
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
—"Get a Financial Life" author Beth Kobliner on credit card reforms
Friday, May 15, 2009
—Personal finance expert Beth Kobliner on the challenges for college graduates