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I used to be best friends with my boss (sm)

Posted By: Maggie on 2007-10-02
In Reply to: That sounds like a lot more than - a business relationship.

and let me tell you, there is always some guilt that goes along with your friend asking you to give up your weekends, time off, whatever, to work.  I loved her dearly as a friend, but I don't seek out boss/employee friend relationships any more for this very reason. 

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Not everyone likes their boss. You do not have to like your boss to like sm
your job.  You don't even always like your job but like the money.  It is about personal preference.
Says you.
I have friends who are still there and (sm)
are hating it more and more everyday.  They are already putting out feelers for other companies and ask me how I like my new job.  It's like day and night from SmartMed.
What? My friends?
Because of my good buddies, I don't have to pay any taxes. That makes them my bestest friends. As I trot around the globe on the backs of the working class, I'll flush the commode while flying over your state just to say a BIG HELLO! 
Yea, try almost 60!!!! And my friends say I should go
try All Type. I have quite a few friends who
work for them part time and have raved about them.
If they were very close friends, yes I would let them know. sm
However, I would be very tactful in doing so. Maybe give them a hint to start looking for another company or job that you have some inside information...etc. If they don't get the hint, then just tell them.

Chances are the company may know this is coming and didn't tell the MTs. Most companies know when their contracts are up for bid or they are given 30-90 day notice the hospital dropping them. So, if the owners of the company do not have the common courtesy to let their MTs know, shame on them! It happens all the time in the corporate world.

Little bit of advice - do not get into gossipy detail, he said, she said. Just do it with diplomacy.

Good luck whatever you decide.
new friends - Winefred
Wow, thanks girls!  I had a lot of response and appreciate it.  Looking forward to chatting with all of you. Go TTer's!!
Supportive? Yes! If we were friends...however,
My Friends are Happy
Not true, I got a few friends working at ATSI and they are getting better packages and salaries than most other companies and are quite happy there and they got plenty of work with salaries on time!
wow! one of my best friends is currently at Grady
He was admitted on Tuesday, still not discharged.  I'll have to call him to see if he is aware of this dilemma.
Transcriptionist friends
To NM: The server wouldn't let me email you. I would love to have a fellow transcription friend!
I have several friends who are in bankruptcy
right now, mostly from the shenanigans over at Medquist. My dearest friend was so embarrassed and ashamed and felt it was a dishonorable thing to do. She had her back against the wall (she lost her house too, it was foreclosed) and I told her there is nothing dishonorable about falling on hard times. Perhaps all of the people who judge those who are having a tough go of it ought to remember that they have not walked in others' shoes.
Well, I agree and have other MT friends

and have enlightened each other ad nauseum.  I don't think that I am just sitting around complaining, as I tried to be proactive in my situation and they DIDN'T want to hear from me, and DIDN'T care.  I got the boot.  There were others waiting to take my place - someone who is willing to be degraded and doesn't care, and management doesn't have to get my pesky e-mails.

As far as a large group of MT's standing up and fighting for ourselves, that would be great!  Where do I sign up?

i had the same happend to me..not once but twice AND..I reccommended two friends and they had the
same issues.  There are happy people there..I won't discount that..but certain accounts have some very poor leads and the whole company suffers for it.  I never got an ID..I had to use 2 or 3 others that belonged to people who were off.  When I refused to do that the second time..I had no job.  To each their own.  This board in particular deletes any negative about KS. 
I have friends who used to work for FN and moved on. sm
FN has more than their share of ESLs and you very well know it.  You are not only snippy, as someone said, you are condescending and misleading. 
Good for you!!! Me too!! And I tell all my family and friends

I spoke to a clinic that is/was using it.  They said it was the worst thing they had ever seen.  You could actually have a rash on your face, but by the time the machine *reaches* out for the nearest sounding word, you may end up with some dread disease.  And face it, nobody but nobody has time to READ EVERY REPORT FOR ACCURACY AND CORRECTNESS this day and time. Well, by golly, come to think of it, that's what MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS USED TO DO, before we were replaced by machines that can't spell or know a toenail from a hangnail in the grand scheme of things.

I'm like you, the first time I find something in my reports, they will hear from my lawyer.  I won't even waste the time being on hold, calling the hospital or doctor.

Hey, I have India-American friends
They came here and became Americans, so please don't call them dot-heads. The difference in them is that they live here and observe the same standards we do and have to pay bills at the same rates do. I have no problem with them.

I understand the anger, but the real anger shouldn't be at them, but at our own countrymen who advocate it and sell out their own people. There's a fine line between profit and sleaze and shamless greed, and they've crossed it. Some hospitals are strongly against it and they need to start investigating and prosecuting those who trick them, IMO. There are security risks regardless how well software is made. Patient names, dictated S.S. numbers, etc. It's creepy, if you ask me. Anyone can jot the stuff down and they would not be accountable to an American court.

As long as Americans tolerate it, it will continue. Most aren't even aware of it and when you tell them, they're shocked and angry.

does anyone have legal friends to help get us started?
When I talk to family and friends about this,
I have a couple of friends who work for them.
I can find out.  Anyway, from what I gather you can pick your own hours.  They do like for you to work 1 weekend out of the month and they do pay extra for that.  The friend that works for them full-time is sounding more like she is regretting it because she is on an account with bad dictators and she is have way too much trouble getting her lines in.  She says she has to work long hours just to be able to pay for her insurance.  I was just talking to one their part-time employee today.  He was talking about an ER account he was on and he seemed okay with it.  Another girl at our office looked into it for part-time work and she said they were very unorganized and they did not deliver her what they promised.  Different strokes for different folks, I guess. 
For Scribbles and his/her union friends

If you really want to know how to form a union, check out the link below for the AFL/CIO.  You'll need to pick a union with which to affiliate.  They have a list with contacts.  They also have state/local federations of labor with contacts.  You'll also need a professional union organizer to help you.  There's a form you can fill out to get in touch with one.    

SEIU split from the AFL/CIO and is a healthcare union.  Find a web page for a local in your area, and they can give you the same information as above. 

These are the people who can really answer your questions and help you.  I'm betting, though, that you just want stay on these boards to stir the pot and whine. 

Or the gain of their friends and suckups. They don't
buddies do. Or else they could care less and let people pick and choose as they please so what's the difference. Some get the cream while the others get the crap.
Need experienced input here from my friends....sm
I have started work with a lovely, growing company, the owners/managers are extremely lovely, helpful, flexible bosses, and my main account is a Surgical Center, which I love.  The line rate is good, but here is my quandry....I can only get paid once a month, at the end of the month, and with a family of five, we really need that bi-weekly check, the budget is just too tight.  Does anyone else get paid this way, or am I being totally stupid....pay is by GROSS LINE, a line is a line, 8.5????  Thanks in advance for everyone's opinion!
you too huh, my boss...
told us two months ago that the hospital was laying off and our department was one of the ones targeted. now, i found out that my boss knew two months before he told us. im sick of it already.
That's exactly what the boss says. I think they
in their claim that there aren't enough MTs in the U.S., so we have no choice but to outsource to India.

Whatta loada cr@p.
LOL! Do we have the same boss?
Why get mad at me? I'm not her boss and I'm not sm
one of those middlemen you are ranting about. I'm a FORMER MTSO small biz owner who got out because it was nearly impossible to MAKE A DECENT LIVING MYSELF. MT is not the goldmine you seem to think it is. Margins are very thin and it's hard to pay what this job DESERVES.

I agree that MTs should be making a lot more than they are, but I do not see a way to make that happen in this economy. Whether you believe it or not, the bottom line is what HOSPITALS are willing to pay.
Not them but CorT bounced my friends 3 checks. nm
Had many friends in the QA dept who all left about the same time.
AND...yes, I do believe them!
I had a couple friends work for her OMG she is HORRIBLE!!
She is new to running a company (within the last couple years) and is pretty clueless. She just isnt cut out to do it. I ended up hiring one of her MTs that she thought was awful and is one of my best editors. Quite ridiculous really. I would steer as far away as you possibly can. If you DO decide to work for her, do NOT quit the job you have or you will end up in a bad situation. Very few stay with her. Just honest words and hopefully helpful info. Sorry to slam on her so bad and I really do not like doiing that to companies, but she is honestly the most hateful and incompent MTSO I have EVER heard of.
So you can believe an anonymous person who is friends with the owner
when they say it isn't so, but you believe an anonymous poster who says they are losing the account?  If you have concerns call the company.  You've come here many times in the past and griped about this company.  You have the right to do so, but you're still with the company.   Could it be that they are one of the best companies out there, not perfect, but better than most? 
True - but OSI promotes friends & relatives
when there are clearly more experienced, capable people who only want a chance to do something more. OSi usually has the person they want lined up already but only post the job to make it look like they have open job post. You are the kind of manager everybody would like to work for. Thank you for your comments.
Or Arbonne. I am now hiding from friends and family
who think Arbonne will make them rich. I don't want to sell anything. I don't want to buy anything I can't afford. They are starting to scare me, like some sort of comestic zombies in Day of the Dead or something.
I have worked for both -- still have friends at Precyse and find
them both to be about the same as far as consistency in work. Usually if I'm running low, then they are too. However, Precyse has the better platform IMO.
I have at least 5 friends who have gone to school and then quit because it was hard!
My friends don't even extend 'girls' night out'
they know I'll turn down the invitation due to lack of funds for dinner out. The only outing I've had ALL summer was an evening at the art museum, and that's only because one friend is a member, and got me in free on their membership pass.
I think your boss is more correct.
I type 5 min of dictation in 7.5 to 10 min. Might take 15 min tops if it is really difficult dictation/dictator.

Ever though it could be that American MTs don't want to put up with a boss like YOU!!!
American labor is the backbone of this country. You are part of a HUGE problem!!!!
I am so upset, but not sure whether should ask boss or not...
I am on a very, very hard ESL account that the company has a hard time getting people to work on.  I have the ability to see who is assigned work and have noticed that a certain MT when they help on this account gets all the easy doctors assigned to them, but us who are stuck on this account get all the hard, nasty reports.  I do not understand why they do this, other than maybe the person does not have much experience or such, but it just does not seem right to me.  I do not know whether to say something or just let it go.  I am making a horrible line count, but this person is probably doing very well as they have all the easy dictators on this account.    Any suggestions, as I do not want to be a trouble maker, but now I am so upset over this I don't even want to work today.  Thanks. 
Once in a non-MT job my boss told me to do something that

was totally unethical and I refused.  He asked me why and I said because I don't work here anymore and left as soon as I hung up the phone.   I was a regional assistant manager, but was acting manager of my office and as they had had a complete manpower turnover before I took over,  I was basically the only one who knew what was going on.   The ex-boss was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  I had 2 very, very big clients.  I called both my contacts and told them that I no longer worked there and that there was no one in the office capable of handling their business and told them who to call.   I was offered jobs with both companies, even offered more money than I was currently making for less work.   I took the one job and this is also where I met my DH of nearly 18 years.   I'd say I came out the winner.  

If there is any documentation as to what happened I'd copy it and send it to every account - to the medical records manager as well as the hospital/clinic administrator. 


Did you get your boss anything for MT Week>?nm

I agree 100%! Wonder if we had the same boss? LOL!!
So tell your boss instead of getting upset. nm
Had a boss moonlighted there
She got in trouble after she mentioned it to a tech (had a router so her son could use another computer); tech made a big deal out of reporting her, but her supe said not to worry about it.  One thing I learned from that - when in doubt, ask in advance.
I was doing some web design for an old boss - sm
but that had pretty much dried up as he has switched web hosts and is using one of their templates now for his website. I also substitute bus drive, which is obviously not from home, but a few times a month I drive and bring in anywhere from an extra $60 to $500 a month driving; averaged about $200 a month doing it in 2007. I also do some freelance copy/type setting for a local printer but that is not very often. They did offer me a job in their shop, but it was a 30 minute drive for $8/hour for 4 hours a day, not worth it. I can make more doing MT in that time here at home, and not buy gas. Would have cost me $9 a day in gas alone.
Yep and the boss's daughter

I tell you, the incompetence of that company was truly amazing!  And before anyone starts in, yes, I am working and actually DO like the company I am working for. 

I forgot another thing:  When I started, they forced me to buy a footpedal for like $150 that they claimed was necessary because only this pedal would work with their software.  I believe the owner's husband had something to do with the company that sold this footpedal.  Guess what, a footpedal I had from a different company worked with SS software, as I later found out. 

I also at one point worked for Medquist and, believe me, SoftScript was WORSE, if that is at all possible. 

The perks of being the boss.
Sounds like she don't like her boss.

Can you think of any reason the boss

would want you to leave instead of putting you on another account?  Or is she just a hothead who could not admit that she dialed the wrong number?  I guess I'm asking if there is any reason the company would benefit from your being gone?

I work there now and I love everything about Meridian.  I have never talked to the boss though.  I guess I shall try to avoid it.