The problem is they ARE telling their MTs what times to work.
Posted By: sm on 2009-02-06
In Reply to: So what if they state what their needs are? - BTDT
I have had MTSOs try to tell me that I had to work between such and such hours. I see it in ads all the time that they want to work 3-11 p.m. or something like that. That is what the problem is. Can they dictate shifts when it is an IC position? What is the point of being an IC if you are stuck to a set schedule. Might as well be an employee somewhere and get benefits to go along with it.
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They are not telling "you" when to work, they are stating when they need work done.
As an IC, you have the right to accept the contract or not.
Would you let an IC roofer work on the roof of your house on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon, and on Monday night from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., just because they are an IC?!
As an IC, you make an agreement as to when you are available to work, and if it matches what MDI (or whomever) needs, then you sign a contract. Otherwise, you find someplace else to work, and they find an IC who is willing to work the hours that they need covered.
Jennifer.... How are you telling people where to work
when down below you were asking questions about where to work, how to get a job, you seem to know an awful lot for someone asking questions. What is up with that??
Are you telling her to work for $5 an hour? That is not healthy or good advice nm
I work for 2 … gives a little bit of security for those "run out of work" times. nm
RE work times
Yes, that would probably work. My experience was that they would download work to you at night and it was available that evening and through the next day. Like I said, you kind of make your own schedule within the window of time they need it back. You may need more than one doctor though if you want 6 hours of work per day of steady work. I had 4 doctors, one that dictated 1 1/2 hours a day and one that dictated every other day but had 5 hours of work each time. It varies by who you have for doctors. You can make them aware that you would like that many hours and they can accomodate it I'm sure. Only one thing you need to know though is NO DIRECT DEPOSITS and they use snail mail unless you pay to have it expressed.
also, ran out of work a few times in those 3 months
I've got work available at almost all times of the day,
but I am on Lanier accounts. I think the wav accounts have a lot more people on them fighting for the work. Maybe there are people on your accounts doing way above their commitment. That would throw things off all around. Perhaps you should inquire about it. If you try all times of the day and still don't find work available, they should give you another account. Good luck. I know it is frustrating running out of work. I have other accounts that do that and it gets so tiresome. Some days I just hate this whole industry. These tight TATs are the root of all the work flow problems.
Out of work 15 times Friday
Has happened all week long. Think I got a total of 4 hours yesterday. My STM said we were down 750 dictation minutes for some reason this week. She had no idea why. I have 8 different accounts I pull from.
I've been out of work 2 times today
7 a.m for 1-1/2 hours, and now. I don't count the 1 or 2 reports that slip in. I've worked exactly 3-3/4 hours today in my 8 hour shift.
I quit twice. Both times for the same reason...low/no work. nm
Work can be really low at times and I find the sound to not be the
best but it is not any worse than a lot of the other places.
A lot of times, if they need extra help, they will over 1-1/2 times our regular rate. sm
This is the equivalent of OT but you get it even if you have not done 40 hours already. I have also received AmerExp gift cards a few times for incentives offered. I think it depends on the account.
I do know for sure that they are working on an incentive program but I have no details and not even sure if they are still looking at it.
I do know for sure that I make more $$ with Keystrokes than I have ever made anywhere else.
She clearly said several times that she starts her shift, gets work as it comes in, and then stays
on and types at night or whenever she feels like getting the work to meet her goal. I don't even work for Transcend NOW, but read her clearly post over and over how she meets these numbers. She works WHENEVER she can to meet her goal if the work is NOT there during her scheduled shift. What is so hard about understanding that? Yes, some MTs are allowed to do that at Transcend, so she's not doing anything wrong. TO REPEAT: She works her shift, typing what comes, making good use of her down time in the meanwhile - think she does chores or something. If there is no work on her set shift, she stays on at night and grabs the work she can to meet her GOALS.
The only time I work OT, they offer 1-1/2 times my line rate which is OT pay IMO. sm
I rarely, rarely work OT though as I have kids in sports and a husband who works strange hours.
I know this question is asked a million times but who is good to work for
anymore? I have 13 years experience and I work at a hospital part time but I know I can make more on production plus I need the flexibility because I have osteo in my back and other health problems that require me to kind of break it up if you know what I mean. I'd only like to work 4 to 6 hours a day, make a decent line rate, and have flexibility of having a span of time within which to get my lines done. I don't need benefits but do not like IC status; I prefer statutory. Any ideas?
Have to agree. Scratching for work at times. Don't want to share with any more new hires if I d
Sorry if that sounds selfish, but I don't think new hires want to come on board and find the pickings are slim right now either.
but mgmt told me they outsourced some work to a small company at times.
There is no reason for me to lie about this.
I am NOT talking about offshoring, but the company whom they outsource to may offshore . . . I have no idea about that. But straight from the horse's mouth, they have outsourced to a small MTSO before.
You can notice how the work dries up all of a sudden when they turn it over to the service and we have no work.
TT mgmt may not tell that they outsource today, but they definitely told me about 9 months ago when I asked when the work was low. From the way the jobs disappear occasionally, I think it happens quite often.
Depends on the account. Work on VR lately has been slow. Just like all companies, we have slow times
Honestly though, I have only had 2-3 times in the past 2 years where it was like the other day...no work... It did pick up later but I just think it's important not to make someone think we're overloaded with work all the time. That would not be fair to them if they end up with high expectations.
as you can see, no one else is telling theirs either-sm
and they don't want anybody jumping on their bandwagon's either. They were very quick to mention who they had bad experiences with, but no one is telling who they are happy with, other than for the sarcastic MQ and Diskriter.
You just don't know - I'm telling you ..........
they'll hate it.
keep telling yourself that
over and over until you really believe it; say it like a mantra. There is nothing wrong with talking about what is going on as this affects current MTs and could potentially affect many other MTs. I am willing to keep an open mind as well as it seems others who have posted are as well; however, one cannot just look at one side of the story. There are questionable things.
She might be telling it like it is but...
I am sure there is a much more polite way of saying it. I know I wouldnt appreciate be spoken to in that manner.
Always telling us at OSI they will do this
? Why are you telling us this?
I mean, good luck. I just do not understand your attitude and why you are making this huge statement about your big decision to stay and telling us when you plan to work, etc.
Maybe you are directing this to someone in particular and I didn't catch it.
Thanks for telling me how to do this.
I do not have much experience doing zipped files. Anyway I will try what you said. Sounds easy enough. Again thank you.
Right. Just keep on telling yourself
Repeat it over and over again. I'm sure you can convince yourself with a little practice.
Why are they telling you they will be out
I would refer all of these to the supervisor. This is not part of your job.
But telling somebody to look for another job
is more or less avoiding to confront the issue all together, and throw out the bath with the child in it.
Telling you it was not a lie
Well, there is an old saying that if certain people's lips are moving, you know they are lying.....Just sayin'. If the shoe fits, wear it and if not, it plain old don't fit.
would you mind telling me (sm)
this Cindy-person's last name. You can E/M me if you want, in fact, I'd prefer it that way. I worked for a Psycho Maniac named Cindy before, and wonder if they're the same person!
firstname.lastname@example.org...thanks a bunch!
She's telling the truth about this one. It is
terrible, no work, system is out of order a few times a day, and they just hire more and more people when the accounts have no work on them.
Well, they are not telling the truth! sm
I was offered an incentive package to stay with them and that was on eScription! I turned it down and left anyway. Prefer working for Americans!
Not to flame but telling me I don't
Thank you for mentioning things in your latest post that you left out of your first. See how easily one can jump to conclusions?
For what it is worth, I ran my own daycare for 10 years. I know EXACTLY what it is like to be the one responsible for every aspect of running a business day in and day out, when people don't show up or go to lunch and don't come back, having to meet laws from varies state agencies that are contrary to one another and smile the whole time. I've started work at 5 in the morning and finished at 9 at night (while trying to raise my own two young children). I know what it is like to cook for 95 kids EVERY day for a year because I couldn't keep good help. I know that until I converted all my private investment into a nonprofit organization, I could not achieve the success with my business that I was able to do. Imagine working for 10 years and having NOTHING left of it but a good reputation, no retirement plan, no assests, nada, because the effects you left on people and the benefits you offered were worth all of it. Would you be willing to do that? Not many would, I bet.
When you want to yell at me some more and show your true colors, you will turn away the good MTs whom you were trying to entice in your original post. See how easy it was to fly off the handle.
I do wish your business well, but I stand by what I said. I save you money by working from home and doing what I do. Every year I get devalued by the onslaught of forces I cannot control. If you want to toot your own horn, I would suggest a marketing consultation next time.
Are you telling me that they only have the one account?
Good for you for telling it like it is (sm)
I work for a smaller MT company who, like the employer of the previous poster, seems to want to keep their MTs in the dark about what's going on behind the scenes. However, reading between the lines and according to the grapevine our company recently was apparently outsourcing some work to the Philippines, and apparently, when the hospital found out, they were livid! The MTs were also upset, as this was one of our best accounts, the kind that make the other slog work worthwhile - and they handed it over to the Philippines...well, recently, we all of a sudden had a whole lot of this account's work available once again - my guess is, no more Philippines! I hope this means the hospital issued an ultimatum - and this means they appreciate our work and understand that you get what you pay for.
moving on is telling it like it is
I too have had horrible experiences. I think we both were previously working for the same company, a company highly recommended on this board. It was a huge disappointment as far as lines. It was impossible, too many foreign dictators and something funny going on with the line count. You wrote me and told me about Keystrokes. As well, I read your many posts about KS. I took a chance with your advice and accepted a job with them. You were speaking the truth and not just another recruiter. Thank you so much for recommending them and posting your experience with them:)
You are actually in the "I'm telling" mood?
You're going to tell? What do they care? They should know where they stand on this board... Why do you think they keep hiring from here?
I would say Monday should be the telling SM
day. If there is no pay and no indication of when you'll be paid, I'd get out of there FAST and also post the name of the company. They've had plenty of time to correct their supposed **error*** cough...with the payroll company.
They can't sue you for telling the truth...nm
Would you mind telling me....
where you've gone. I, too, work for MQ as a flex PT, but would LOVE to get out. I used to be a SE too! All these changes are making me nuts, but I've been with them for 13 years now, and I'm afraid to make that move. I have 4 kids at home, and would love to have that scheduling flexibility! Feel free to email me if you want! Thanks for your help!
keep telling yourself that while I tell you a story
Main job $23/h plus incentive (which is very easy to make). Full benes. 20 weeks PTO/yr.
Second job REAL IC 11 cpl including headers/spaces.
So go ahead and laugh your way to the bank while I strut down to the credit union, which by the way, is better than a bank LOL
I don't mind telling you
My clients tell me they receive bids for anywhere between 12 and 16 cpl. I won't say what I charge but that is what is out there.
Thank you for telling this experience.
I've worked for companies before where the powers that be have no transcription experience and it wasn't a great experience. With this information I will take them off my list of possibilities. If a long time employee shared all of this I think the writing was on the wall.
Thanks all for telling your stories about
these companies. I have been looking for a new job and have applied at 10 the past week with only All Type responding. Guess I will not even bother testing.
I appreciate learning from the experiences of others. It avoids a lot of heartache that way.
Would you mind telling...
me where you work? Is is a small clinic or do you work for one of the big transcription companies? Thanks for the info.
Sure can't figure out why telling the sm
truth upsets you so much. I will put this MT way too long up against you any day of the week as far as quality and quantity! I am fed up with folks on here acting like anybody who has been doing this for 25, 30, 35 years needs to retire. For your information I am 53 years old, far from being too old to do anything. I have seen the stinking changes come along in this profession that have forced wages and line rates down the tubes for experienced MTs. I have listened to the complaining of the newbies who don't want to do the work it takes to succeed in this business, the ones who want it all right now etc. etc. and its sickening. Somebody needs to tell the truth and stop walking on eggshells around folks like yourself.
Oh yeah I almost forgot......even with wages and cpl going down, us old-timers still make a good wage because we have done the time and got the experience and don't have to have our heads in a reference book or the internet every other word! But you don't get that proficient until you have done this for a long time do you?
If you knew what you were doing, you would know the difference between a real question and a question by someone who is just too lazy to look for themselves.
You get over yourself!
Now, why is that? Because I am telling the truth?..sm
Do you prefer that I tell lies and be a hypocrite? Isn't it better to realize facts and be proactive?
It does not help to put one's head into the sand, clinging to the past and lying to oneself.
It does not help to close one's eyes. cover one's ears, keep quiet and ignore change. It will be a bad awakening.
And this does not only apply to MTing.
Would some one mind telling me ....sm
or pointing me to the particular thread that will enlighten me as to why an MT's identification as become such an issue?? I'm seriously not trying to be nosy. I am one of many other professional MTs that post on this forum and have done so for years. Hopefully whatever is going on doesn't pertain to me, but the information may be beneficial in the future.
I'm telling you, this sounds like
Spheris. I said it in earlier post -- yesterday, or whenever. Here's what happened to me: You had to clock in. WHen your shift was up, you had to clock out, say at 3:00, no more transcribing. If you couldn't get your line count in, then you had to request additional work time. I was never, ever granted that additional work time. i really felt that I never would have been, had I waited until blue in the face. I would bet they have to pay time-and-a-half. It was next to impossible for me to complete lines that I was supposed to in that time period, too stressful.
I'm just telling you, it's going to be changing.
To WMX cheerleaders who are telling us
to stop whining because we haven't tried the new platform yet. I have been using the platform for a year. I just got done doing a report that STILL required extensive editing, and lucky me, I am going to be paid even less! After a year, I repeat, a year, this wonderful magical ISR is still making the same errors that I have to correct over and over and over and over, day after day. I certainly do not see where that is productive. For example, it puts 5 to 0 nylon for 5-0 nylon. How many times should you have to correct that for it to finally learn? I have made that correction hundreds of times, and it still doesn't get it. It leaves out whole chunks of sentences and doesn't even get words that are perfectly clear. Some reports turn out good, some are complete garbage. My production has increased a little, but no where near what they claimed.
So stop telling me to calm down and give it a chance. I have given it a chance. I will be very interested in what you think of it after you have used it for awhile.
At least the Enterprise people have some glimmer of hope that maybe it won't be a cut in pay for you, but for me, it was most definitely a cut in pay.