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It's Slow Everywhere

Posted By: Miss Kitty on 2007-10-31
In Reply to: Thanksgiving is weeks away, yet no work on TransTech this morning. sm - Nervous Nellie

Yeah, it's just that time of the year when people have better things to do than go to the hospital I guess. In my 18 years experience in medical transcription there are always these slow times occasionally. It will pick up. I'm not worried. I socked back some when it was busy and I was getting those great bonuses TT gives us. People have been on here slamming TT saying everything from there being too many transcriptionists on accounts and even accusing them of outsourcing. That is one thing they do not do and I really feel that my statement is accurate. You can tell by the job numbers that work has been slow. I was transcribing a report a couple of weeks ago and there was a female yelling out to a doctor that was walking away and she said, Hey, get back to that office and bring us in some patients...we're hurting here. Confirmation to me. I love Transtech and plan on hanging in there with them until the cows come home. Good luck and don't worry...it's gonna pick up soon.

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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.

No - it is not always slow! Depends on the company and hospital. I have never been slow this time
Slow time is usually in September when everyone is back to work/school from the summer months.

Been doing this 24 years and never slow this time of year. Actually, I am drowning in work - can't keep up.
What I do when its slow

I do exactly what the email they sent out to us says.  If there isnt any work during my shift, I leave and take the kids somewhere, clean or do laundry, make dinner early or whatever.  Then when work comes in, I work.  If work is there during my shift but there isnt a lot, I take what I can and then go do my thing and come back later.   When work is slow, I do work longer  hours trying to get work in.  I get a good line count in too.  I am not in this career for others.  I am in it to feed my family.  I am in it for a paycheck.  If work is slow, I will take what I can get when I can get it.  I type fast and am productive and I will not go without. 

The email they sent out said to t ype during early morning hours or at night when the work is in there.  So that is what everyone has to do.  First come, first serve.  We all have the same chance of getting on there and getting the work.  The early bird gets the worm, ya know.  This MT that has 20,000 lines per pay.  I think that is great.  I try to get that also.  There is nothing wrong with that or unbelievable about that.  It all boils down to how bad you want it.

 outdated platform, new QA guidelines for the birds.  I'm trying to find something else now.
You can slow it down (sm)
In your transnet player box, there's a box that says more or something like that. I'm not logged in right now and can't remember.  But, it's at the bottom right of the transnet player box.  Click that, and you can adjust the volume, speed, etc.
The 4th was slow for many
Very slow to pay!
slow down

Please tell me how.  When I do it it does not give me that option.  Help!!

Slow for me, too.
There just is not the level of work available that I would expect, sometimes nothing at all, this is on the same account you asked about, looks like the monitor took that part out. Went from a hundred report backup to a job trickling in here and there, started to dry up around Christmas but seems to me it never recovered. That's not a seasonal slump, the work may be going elsewhere.
DQM slow?

my first job is taking FOREVER to come up...anybody else?

Still slow
I guess it is feast or famine depending on account because they are still just trickling through. 
It's slow for me, too.
I do not think it is slow everywhere!
But, that being said, I honestly wonder why people feel the need to say this sort of thing out here? It makes more sense to be in touch with your company and get it straightened out than be in this state of upset when a phone call or an email might give you a direct answer.

I never did receive my last paycheck from Transform.  Got tired of fighting for it, but it's not too late to contact the Department of Labor and Attorney General, I guess.


If it is slow where you are already, I hope all the employees have a large bank account because the holidays are not even here yet!!  You will be out of work for 2 months.
They are slow. I've been getting emails not to download work on secondary accounts so they will have enough for the primaries, but they are fair and usually let you flex your shift if you need to. They tend to get backed up in the evenings.
That's why I am on this board.  If it doesn't get better, I need to move on - not paying the bills here..........
Only slow during the day when EVERYBODY
slow slow slow
The lady who will contact you worked for another company and slow is her middle name.  I don't know if it's that she's not organized or what, but she takes her sweet time with anything she does.  It can take weeks and usually people have found another job.
Yes, it's slow
I think it's a combination of the holiday slow-down and the fact that a lot of MTs from MQ are trying to jump ship right now and may be flooding the job market. I had to job hunt in July and I was very discouraged by how long it took the companies to get back to me. Several of them did keep my resume on file and contacted me later, although I was already working at a new job by then. This was, in a couple cases, months after I originally applied. Some do hold on to your resume and contact you later when they have an opening.
We are slow also. However, are you
still logged in to the pool when you are not working?? If not, they are going to the next available MT when they come in. I personally stayed logged in and therefore am in when a job pops in if I am the next one in line.
could you tell me what is slow sm
about it? I just applied with them and know nothing of this platform. I only want to work part-time. Just curious.
HMM, i must be slow, cause i sure
I have been with KS for about 6 months now and I wish I could say my account was slow. I do clinic and just got 75 jobs assigned to me yesterday. There is no lack of work on my end. Maybe you should suggest an account change, or maybe they're trying to weed out the slackers.
Okay are all the Rad accounts slow?
You must be slow, so VR will work for you.
Personally, I could not live on 13.50 an hour, or 12 an hour or some other equally low rate of pay. That is not even typing 200 lines an hour, and if you are so experienced, you certainly did not work on your speed skills. Your editing speed is just as slow, obviously.

VR will only help people like you who are very slow at transcribing. It is not going to help those who work much faster.

IBM selectric? I knew people who could transcribe 2000 lines a day on those things. Think what they did when computers came in.

Your post is confusing to me. Yes, I use an expander and a computer,and I get paid for my work because I did the input. I am also going to have to do the input for VR but that will pay half of what I make now. Forget it, sista, I am not an idiot. And I have yet to see an ADT feed that worked without glitches.

Like I said, you sit under your mushroom, let the owner and management make money off you while you sit there and work for a rate of pay that won't allow you to buy peanuts or popcorn cuz those are luxury items on your rate of pay.

Oh, I get it now. Sorry, little slow tonight. I'm
so sorry this happened to you. Unbelievable how this world is.  I hope you get every penny you're due and THEN SOME.
Ah...but what fun it makes on a slow day!

We all love to be 'right'!!   And if we can't be right then maybe we can just be silly.  Sorry etched in stone.  I should have continued but ended up getting distracted.  It is (was) a cold, snowy, slow, and beautiful day and a fun topic came up and I was inspired to respond.  Obviously not very well.  Small, see, long, short, no ..... we will keep them all and continue to wonder why 127 people opened a message that so obviously had NM in it! 

Just can't help it...it might just mean nasty message or naughty message so we have to peek. 

I am sorry to hear you are slow... everyone
seems busy. Contact the office, I am sure they will help you. We have a lot of new accounts on board.
You should ask for another account until the slow......sm

season passes.  It is like this everywhere.  I work 2 jobs and both places are the same. 


They have slow periods also
My account is slow right now but it has been
good prior to this. I work in Word.
Been very slow here....discouraging.... nm
I only have one account...and it's slow. SM

I want a back-up account, but haven't been assigned one yet.  They have several accounts, though, so I don't know how the other accounts are doing as far as work load goes.  I've read on this board that this is a slow time of the year for a lot of MT companies.  So, I'm keepin' my fingers and toes crossed that things will start picking up next week.

Besides being slow (which I know is a biggie), I really like TH.  Great sups, great bennies, good pay, etc.

Hopefully some other people will jump in and let you know how their workload is right now.

There are different platforms, but TWS is very slow, even with
HIP is in Florida only..and they are slow also..nm
Holiday slow down?
Does it seem like the 4th of July holiday slowdown is starting already?
The pay used to be very low, don't know about now. And they were slow to test and get you set up,
slow work
I know three gals in the same boat. Love the company... hope I don't have to find a new one!
Very slow July
I've been with my company for a long time too and it has never been this slow.  I have hardly worked in July.  I am looking for another job.  I can't hang on like this.  Yes, they said it was the summer slump.
slow July
I don't get it.  Aren't people still getting sick, having surgery, getting x-rays?  Is Voice Recognition or outsourcing reducing our workload that much?  This seems to be affecting everyone.
Things are slow right now but
they are taking on a couple big accounts next month, you might want to check with them.
Definitely pretty slow here
Yup, it's definitely pretty slow here and it has been all week. At least the hospital account that I work on has psychiatry docs and I have been getting a few long reports from them to get a decent amount of lines in, but hopefully it will pick up next week.
Wow! The new year slow down at TT sure seems to be over!

We are up to our necks in work!  Holy Schmoley!

Extext slow down
I agree as well.  Glad it is not just me as I thought I was slowing down with age also.  I have never worked so hard for so little as with this company and it was reported to be such a great company to work for.  Those wonderful words must have been planted by the company itself.  Wish I could get something better.
It can be very slow if they use Citrix.
I'd say more, but I suspect the Chartscript I worked on was based on WP, and probably yours would be based on MS Word. The WP one was pretty good once they got us off Citrix and onto some other server.

By slow I mean you type and your Keystrokes are slow to appear, and also going from screen to screen.
slow work
Is this usual. Wondering if to start looking again.
slow work
Is this usual? Wondering if to start looking if it does not pick up.
Slow Cntl R&S THANK YOU!

All this time I thought it was my computer too. Every day my download rate for new work to pop into the status goes as low as 15 kbps (!!!) and always between the hours of 10-12 noon. The demographics screen sometimes take 1 minute or 2 to pop up, too and every day, if I use Cntl S during those hours, you bet your bottom dollar I will lose a report...usually when it's all typed, too.

I've talked to tech support and they say it's my internet provider. The internet provider said it's a problem with the program.

I can fly early in the morning. I've been able to do 230 lph until 8 a.m. and by 10 am, I start slowing down. It's frustrating.  I've even gone as far as to reboot my computer between the above hours every day but that doesn't solve the problem, either. So I just plod along and keep my toes crossed that maybe it won't happen today.

why is Med-Scribe being slow to pay?
they pay you for doing the work?? I don't understand why they won't pay just like regular payroll.
Slow and antiquated - sm
The people who don't like it are very loud about it. I have come across some who say they like it but very few compared to the ones against it. There are much faster platforms out there. Slow platform=slowed down production.