9 Workplace Benefits Millennials ACTUALLY Want

September 25, 2017

To attract millennials, a lot of employers like to brag about their open offices, free food and beer, and ping pong tables. But we’re here to tell you, as ACTUAL MILLENNIALS, that what we actually want isn’t so frivolous -- is a little maternity leave too much to ask??? Plus, we’re recapping the 2017 Emmys, talking about “Not Peter’s” girls, and introducing a new segment called “Adulting Confessions.”

What’s Happening in the News?

  • 2017 Emmys
    • Rachel Bloom had to buy her Emmy’s dress because designers don’t like working with not-size-0 people.
    • 11% is the number of nominated writers and directors who are women = of the 36 nominated writers, only four are women.
    • Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for “Big Little Lies” and said “I’ve been acting since I was 11 years old and I think I’ve worked with maybe 12 women.”
    • Kate McKinnon brought her girlfriend as her date. Did we know she dated girls??
    • Anna Farris reportedly looked “good despite her divorce.” Because she was gonna shave her head??? And bash things with an umbrella????
  • Reality Steve is still on his soapbox about Arie Jr., aka “Not Peter.”
  • Erin Condren is having a sale -- everything on the site is 25% off right now, no code needed. Visit https://earnspendlive.com/go/erincondrencom

Real Talk: Workplace Benefits Millennials Actually Want

What people think we want:

  • Ping pong tables
  • Beer kegs
  • Open offices
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Free food

According to a survey conducted by FC Consulting on Millennial Benefit Preferences, 73% of respondents are offered at least one benefit that they don’t value.

What we actually want:

Adulting Confessional:

What We’re Loving This Week

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Team Building Strategies With Nicole Wipp, CEO of Wipp Enterprises

August 30, 2017

We have a very special guest on EVEsdropping today -- Nicole Wipp, CEO of Wipp Enterprises, a consulting and training firm that specializes in team building and leadership. We’ve been dying to talk to a team building expert because we’re young twentysomethings (as are you) and we work with a bunch of other young twentysomethings, and we’re all trying to figure out how to communicate professionally and move up the corporate ladder. Nicole's dishing her advice on learning more about yourself, navigating conflict, and understanding your teammates' behaviors.

Take the Entrepreneurial Instinct Quiz, learn more about Nicole, and don't forget to subscribe to EVEsdropping on iTunes!

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The Bachelorette Season 13 Finale + Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 Premiere

August 9, 2017

Rachel chose the wrong guy and we have A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Plus, we're talking about our predictions for Bachelor in Paradise, making fun of Lindsay Lohan's new "lifestyle" website, and crying about Chris Pratt & Anna Faris' breakup.

What’s Happening in the News?

Real Talk: The Bachelorette Season 13 Finale + Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 Premiere

  • I’m comin’ for you, Rachel. Not only did she settle for a ring (and the loser behind the ring), she totally trashed Peter and tried to sabotage his chances of becoming the next bachelor. NOT A GOOD LOOK.
  • New BIP rules
  • Also BIP looks like Girls Gone Wild (but I’m still here for it).
  • BIP Predictions

F*ck, Marry, Kill

  • Peter, Bryan, and Dean
  • Robby, Diggy, & Iggy
  • Ben Z, Alex, and Dean

What We’re Loving This Week

  • Elise: KitNipBox. Laz loves his August goodies. The box is campfire-themed, and there’s a frog toy he loves in particular. KitNipBox is the best cat box to me because 1) they give a portion of each month’s proceeds to shelters and animal welfare organizations, and 2) they’re super interactive on social media. If you want your own KitNipBox, follow @lazasaurusrexx -- the link is in his bio!
  • Meleah: Lana Del Rey’s new album. It’s good, yo.

Boss/Adulting/Soap Box

  • Elise: It’s a surprise.
  • Meleah: I’m working, freelance writing, and dogsitting this week. I’m hustlin.
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Christine’s Leaving Us for Law School (Thanks, Trump)

July 27, 2017

This is Christine’s last week with us at Earn Spend Live (she started with us as a writer and has been editing for the past six months), so we’re talking about her decision to make a complete career change and enroll in law school -- and everything that entails, like the financial realities of not being able to work your first year of law school, concerns and fears of taking the leap, and signs you, dear listener, are ready for a career change.

Real Talk: Christine’s Leaving Us for Law School

  • Why she made the decision
  • Signs you’re ready for a career change
  • Concerns and fears

Dear HBIC

  • I’m a junior in college and I’ve been dating the same guy since high school — in fact, he’s the ONLY guy I’ve ever dated. We actually broke up a few months ago because we had really grown apart and I wasn’t really feeling attracted to him anymore. But it didn’t last long because he’s my best friend and I really missed him. But ever since we got back together I realized I probably made a mistake — but now I don’t know how to end it again and I feel horrible about breaking his heart AGAIN because he’s a great guy and doesn’t deserve it. And, I don’t want to admit this, but also I’m scared of breaking up w/ him because I don’t really have friends and I spend all of my time with him. I don’t wanna be lonely and/or single for the rest of my life.

Would You Rather…

  • Have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest?
  • Spend 20 years in prison and be exonerated as innocent or be put away for four years (despite your innocence) and be considered guilty forever?

What We’re Loving This Week

Boss/Adulting Moment

  • Christine: Well I’m quitting my job and chasing my dreams sooooo does that count?
  • Elise: Letting go of a negative friendship. Oh, also I enjoy a little red wine now.

Love us? Mean it! Subscribe to EVEsdropping on iTunes, and don’t forget to rate us and review us. Plus, follow us literally everywhere @earnspendlive and send your Dear HBIC questions to hitusup@earnspendlive.com.

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How to Handle Conflict at Work

July 20, 2017

Conflict at work is inevitable—but there are right and wrong ways to handle it. This week, we’re talking about how to deal with your co-workers as well as how to prevent conflict from happening. Plus, our girl Mindy Kaling is pregnant and we are HERE FOR IT.

What’s Happening in the News?

Real Talk: Dos and Don’ts of Handling Conflict at Work

  • According to a conflict study from CPP Inc (from 2008), 85% of employees report dealing with conflict to some degree.
  • Employees spend an average of 2.8 hours/week dealing with conflict.
  • Personality clashes are responsible for nearly ½ of all workplace conflicts
  • When is confrontation appropriate at work?
  • When it’s hindering your ability to work, if it’s become a hostile work environment, or if sexual harassment is involved.
  • Basically, when you can’t avoid it anymore
 

Our Personal Tips for Dealing With Work Conflict:

  • Don’t get emotional.
  • If it’s something small, like an out-of-the-blue mistake, send an email. If there’s an actual issue going on, schedule time to hash it out. But always try to work it out with the person you’re having a conflict with before you go above them to your boss or HR.
  • Communicate 24/7 to prevent future issues.
  • Suck it up. You’re not always going to get along with the people you work with; you just have to learn how to get along enough to be productive.

Tips From an Expert on Dealing With Work Conflict:

  • Dr. Maria Simpson, an executive coach, recommends that when you’re dealing with a conflict at work, you take the following steps:
  • Get emotional distance from the immediate situation;
  • Decide if a response is really necessary;
  • Define the clear goal or results you want from responding;
  • Plan the most appropriate response carefully; and
  • Make it work.

Read more ESL advice on office conflict here.

Dear HBIC

“I’m an assistant at a law firm. I take care of my boss’s correspondence and various others tasks he needs. Because of this I hear a lot about his personal life too. Not only that, he tells me way more about his personal life than is work appropriate. For example he once texted me that his child (who’s doesn’t live with him) was throwing a tantrum and he didn’t know what to do, or about a car accident he left without reporting anything. Last week it got to the worst point. He sent me a drunk text that he was sorry it had to end this way, and I thought he was firing me. It turned out he had some kind of mental break? He told me he was seeking professional help and now we haven’t had communication in a week. It makes me feel uncomfortable, but if I don’t talk to him then who will? He needs someone, I just wish it wasn’t me. There is also the fact that I don’t want to be fired; if I am cold-hearted to him will he want to keep me around?”

 

What We’re Loving This Week

  • Elise: Soap and Glory. I tried their The Righteous Butter Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion for the video we shot today and I am OBSESSED. It’s just the right amount of color so I don’t look pasty but I also still look like myself. And it washes off completely when you take a shower. You can find it at Target or by using our link: https://earnspendlive.com/go/soapandglory-sunkissedtint
  • Meleah: My Day Designer has put the spark back in our relationship — by which I mean work is hectic and I’d be crazy without it.

Boss/Adulting Moment

  • Elise: I successfully went on vacation and didn’t check my work emails. I turned off all notifications, including Slack. It was wonderful.
  • Meleah: I made time this weekend to volunteer with my little sister at the animal shelter and it was really great. Not only were the dogs and kittens really cute, but I also met some cool new people.

Don’t forget to subscribe to EVEsdropping on iTunes and/or Podbean and use the hashtag #JustEVEsdropping on Twitter! Also, send your Dear HBIC questions to hitusup@earnspendlive.com.

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How to Survive the Dreaded Quarter-Life Crisis

July 12, 2017

Elise is turning 25 this week, so the quarter-life crisis feels are running high on our team. We’re talking what the quarter-life crisis is, what triggers it, and how to just not give a shit. Plus, we’re giving our humble opinions on Lindsay Lohan’s new lifestyle site, Kylie and Kendall’s blatant disrespect for musical icons, and Bachelor in Paradise’s future (as always).

What’s Happening in the News?

Real Talk: The Quarter-Life Crisis is Happening

What are the triggers?

    • Love life. Whether you’re single or in a long-term relationship without being engaged, the pressure is there. JUST LET ME LIVE.
    • Friendships. Your friends are either on baby #2 or they’re still partying 4 nights a week. There is no in-between.
    • Work. Not making as much as you’d like? Maybe you’re thinking about going back to school? Who tf knows what they want to do when they grow up??
    • Finances: 401k, IRA, emergency fund, credit score blah blah blah. Basically you’re too old to ask your parents for money anymore.

 

  • YOUR BODY. Weight gain. Cellulite. Spider veins. Wrinkles. It’s all happening right fucking now. Also less energy and a harder time losing weight.

 

    • Meleah: the worst part for me is that I’m old/mature enough to know that I shouldn’t care about these things… but I STILL CARE OKAY.

Dear HBIC

  • “So I have two friends-slash-acquaintances who are pregnant. They’re both friends of friends (one of them is my boyfriend’s best friend’s wife). Well, a mutual friend is texting me asking what I think about throwing them a joint surprise baby shower since they are both having boys and they are due around the same time in like September or October. I really feel like she’s trying to get me to volunteer my house for this but liiiiiike….is it my responsibility to throw these people a baby shower??????? I feel like I know them well enough to GO to their baby shower, but I’m not sure I feel close enough to them to be the one who is hosting it. Plus she’s wanting to do it at the end of August, which is going to be a CRAZY time for me since I’ll have just quit my job to start grad school. Oh and not to mention i’m going to be broke af. Because grad school.
  • Our answer: That’s weird AF. Tell her no. Make an excuse. Do what you have to do. But that’s just weird for everyone involved -- and it sounds like you have better shit to do.
  • BTW, don’t forget to send us your Dear HBIC questions!!! Send to: hitusup@earnspendlive.com.

Would You Rather…

  • Live to the age of 90 and retain the mind of a 25-year-old for the last 65 years of your life, or the body of a 25-year old for the last 65 years of your life?

What We’re Loving This Week

  • Meleah: Follow up on “what we’re loving” from two weeks ago: GLOW rocks. This week, I’m loving secondhand fast fashion. Forever 21 clothes at Goodwill prices? Yes plz.
  • Elise: My new notebook from The Crybaby Club. It says “I may cry but I can still get things done” and it was my birthday gift from Meleah and Christine. <3 <3 <3

Boss/Adulting Moment

  • Elise: I am going on VACATION!!! Not really an adulting or boss moment but it’s currently the only thing going on in my life.
  • Meleah: I woke up early this a.m. and then I did dishes because the sink was full. That’s either called being crazy or adulting so I choose adulting.

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TV Tuesday: Pretty Little Liars Series Finale

June 29, 2017

We definitely got caught up in the moment and forgot to introduce ourselves -- this week Terra and Elise are talking about the ridiculous ending to the show that should've ended like three years ago, Pretty Little Liars. We're rehashing the best moments of the series finale, the worst (there are a lot), and we're playing Fuck, Marry, Kill and Would You Rather. And make sure to stick around until the end -- we're constructing the Hastings/DeLaurentis/Drake family (and it's a doozy).

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How to Make More Money With Robyn Crane

June 21, 2017

On this episode of EVEsdropping, we’re talking to Robyn Crane, host of the TV show The Financial G-Spot and radio show Let’s Talk Money, as well as 4-time #1 best-selling author, about—what else??—how to make more money and advance in your career. Her new book, Make More Money, Help More People, came out in March. Stay tuned until the end of our interview to get a free gift from Robyn!!! (And to hear the latest about Bachelor in Paradise's fate.)

Buy Robyn's book, Make More Money, Help More People, on Amazon: https://earnspendlive.com/go/makemoremoney-robyncrane 

The article about Glow Meleah mentioned: https://www.thecut.com/2017/06/glow-is-alison-brie-as-youve-never-seen-her.html 

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Trouble in Paradise + Confessions of a Cat Dad

June 14, 2017

This week, we have special guest joining us: Austin, aka Elise's boyfriend, aka Laz's dad. Father's Day is this weekend, so we're talking about how becoming a cat parent totally changes your life. Plus, how can we not talk about that Bachelor in Paradise bombshell??? Our summer is officially ruined.

What’s Happening in the News?

  • Production on Bachelor in Paradise has been suspended maybe indefinitely???
    • Almost definitely indefinitely.
  • I don’t want to say too much because rumors are bad, but from all accounts, it was a bad situation, the producers should have stepped in, producers did not. Now they're being sued.
    • It's like UnREAL IRL.

Real Talk: Confessions of a Cat Dad

Austin and I brought Laz home about six months ago. He was never really a cat person, but then he met Laz. And now he's a cat dad!

  • You weren’t always a cat person. In fact, you really only agreed to getting a cat to make me happy. So how has that changed?

    • It took me a minute, but I fell in love with Laz. He's really unique though; he's not a normal cat. He snuggles, he plays, and he likes having people over. 
  • What things did you not expect when getting a cat? What’s had to change in your life?
    • I didn't expect the vet bills. We've had a lot with Laz; he kind of had a rough start.
  • How has Laz proven your perceptions of cats wrong?
    • Every other cat I've ever known has been really skittish; even your other cats. When I'd come over, they'd disappear. So I was nervous to get a cat, but Laz is the coolest. He's like a dog.
  • What’s the worst part about being a cat dad?
    • There's litter everywhere constantly. We vacuum almost every day and it's still everywhere.
  • What’s the best part about being a cat dad?
    • Having a buddy to binge-watch TV with. We bonded over all six seasons of Game of Thrones.
  • Do you still want a dog, or is Laz it?
    • I still want a dog, someday. I loved raising Laz, so I'd want a puppy. But not now. That's too much work right now. Maybe when we get a house.
  • How has raising a kitten together changed our relationship?
    • It's definitely changed it for the better. We feel like more of a family + our communication has had to improve to establish who does what for Laz (like scooping his poop, brushing him, feeding him, etc.).

Would You Rather…

  • Have a house full of like 20 cats or never be able to get a pet ever? Not even a fish.
  • Have a cat that acts like a dog or a dog that acts like a cat?
  • Have a cat who doesn’t cuddle or a cat who doesn’t play?

Boss/Adulting Moment

  • Elise: ESL KPIs; created my own budget.
  • Austin: I've been putting more money from each paycheck into my savings account.

Don't forget to subscribe to EVEsdropping on iTunes (and rate and review us); plus, let us know what you think about Bachelor in Paradise's fate with the hashtag #JustEVEsdropping. 

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Tips & Tricks for Curbing Emotional Spending

June 7, 2017

Emotional spending: We all do it, even if we don’t necessarily realize it. So how do you break the vicious cycle? We have some tips and tricks for nipping your emotional spending habit in the bud. Plus, we’re talking about Wonder Woman breaking the glass ceiling, all things The Bachelorette, and unREAL being pushed back to 2018 (wtf).

Real Talk: Tips & Tricks for Curbing Emotional Spending

  • According to ISPO News, 90% of purchases are made subconsciously. By age 30, you will have seen close to 2 million commercials. ADVERTISERS WANT TO FUCK YOU UP.
  • According to Jaleesa Charissa, a beauty and lifestyle blog, 52% of Americans engage in retail therapy to improve their mood.
    • Every month, more than 500 people tweet about how they wish retail therapy was covered by their health insurance.
  • What are the triggers?
  • How to get your spending in check
    • Set (and stick to) a budget
    • Carry cash instead of plastic
    • No-spending challenges
    • Enlist the help of a friend to monitor your spending
    • Don’t let your browser save your credit card.
    • FIND A NEW HOBBY
  • To really curb emotional spending, you need to address the triggers.

What’s Going on in the World

  • WONDER WOMAN BROKE THE MOTHERFUCKING GLASS CEILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Literally that’s it that’s all that matters
  • Also Chris Hemsworth and Gal Gadot both agree Wonder Woman could totally take Thor in a fight. Same.
  • Bachelorette check-in: Rachel “loved” that Dean said “once you go black you never go back” and also one contestant has super offensive tweets. So a Bachelor intern is getting fired. ALSO ALSO Rachel might’ve dated a famous basketball player.
  • UnReal’s release is being pushed to 2018
    • BOO those whores.

Dear HBIC

  • I’m 22 and I don’t have a credit card. I feel like I need to do something to build my credit, but my parents think getting a credit card is a mistake. What’s a good way to start building up my credit history and start being more financially independent?
  • You're an adult, sooo you don't exactly need your parents' permission. Our advice would just be to get a credit card, but if you really want to respect your parents' wishes, you have a few options for building credit.
    • Buy furniture (but make sure the furniture store reports to the credit bureau) and pay it off.
    • Ask your parents to co-sign on a car (again, make sure they report) or a loan.
    • Start paying off your student loans.
    • Get a secured credit card. Your parents can load the money on there (like $200) and just use it for things like gas and eating out.

Boss/Adulting Moment

  • Meleah: Got my new job title finalized with my boss. It’s very exciting but I’m not 100% sure I’m allowed to tell y’all yet. Stay tuned.
  • Elise: I made the switch to Day Designer and I am more organized than ever. Literally obsessed. I’ve thought about posting pictures but I don’t want to like “glorify busy” or w/e.

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