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Are you getting extra for weekend work and holidays.

Posted By: Meg on 2005-07-26
In Reply to: I just was hired with the new SE pay/incentive!!!!! - New MQMT


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the holidays and working extra
... it happens every year, people want extra money for the holidays and so everyone is working a little bit extra and in the end, we run out of work.  AND THEN we sit around during our own shifts waiting for work to file in.
Do any ICs with their own accounts charge extra for holidays?
how about "work an extra weekend day, get 10 BUCKS!

Extra shift or extra work
Has anyone taken on an extra job or shift with a new company for a just a few months to get out of debt or to be able to pay for something that is needed or wanted?  I am thinking about taking on another job to get out of a stressful debt situation.   I am just afraid I would be going into another stressful situation working more hours with the very busy family schedule I have.
You mean they work OUR holidays. They just had a big one that lasted 5 days and WE had work for a w

You think Indians don't get sick?  They have to be constantly sick in that disgusting place. 

I work holidays and I am an IC
dont blame it on that

I take my job very seriously and worked all Thanksgiving week, the day of, the day after, and will work all Christmas week, the night before, the day of, the night after, ETc etc etc

I value my job and I do a good job, it just sucks that there is no loyalty or respect for that from some companies.
I used to work all holidays but came
up with an idea that has worked for several years now. Even though I am on an account with only one other person, I was stuck with all the holidays. I now work Thanksgiving and have Christmas off. All the other holidays we take turns rotating. Good luck to you!
I always volunteer to work holidays, weekends, etc. because my husband is off
so he can watch the kids while I earn incentive and holiday pay.  Plus, I'm the one who has to cover so the childless women can go on cruises with their latest boyfriends or husbands, or they didn't show up for work because they met a guy at a bar and have the bottle flu.  Oh, poor you.  Life's unfair.  Suck it up and get over yourself.
Geesh! What's up with you people who refuse to work holidays?
Don't you think people get sick, have accidents, etc on holidays too? What about the doctors and nurses that have to work holidays? Did you forget about them too?

How about police officers, firemen, paramedics...

Do you think you are the ONLY people out there with family and would like to spend time with them during holidays? We would all love to do that but this chosen career requires some sacrifices.

If you can't give a little you should have never started doing this kind of work.
Work some holidays - don't really mind during the winter months, but
when summer rolls around, I am at the beach on the holidays and do not work them. As an IC, we get nothing extra as far as $$ just the extra work.

Can't complain - have plenty of work all of the time.
Looking for weekend work

I have over 8 years experience in clinic transcription.  Any companies out there that hire for weekend work only?  Must be at least 8 cents a line.

weekend work
I just got weekends with Transcend services. they pay 8 cents a line. I said i wouldn't do op notes and they said okay. not too bad, tech support is GREAT and very helpful. if you try them out, drop my name??? Sue Broussard

weekend work
I have never been asked to work on weekends, however I do work an occasional Sat. for a few hours just for extra $.  I sure would not want to have it mandatory!
I work 16-20 h every weekend for nat'l...
Fri-Sat-Sun for nat'l averaging 20+ hours per weekend and Mon-Tues-Wed privately which sometimes spills into Thursday. I am able to juggle the private mds days ad lib during the week and not so for the nat'l, though I can work for the nat'l during the week if low on pvt work (a rarity).
Weekend work
I am trying to locate transcriptionists who have to work every weekend, unless the physician is out of town (for which you are not notified).  I am trying to figure out how to get a weekend off without being penalized (which some companies penalize you for missing any work unless you are dead - those are the exact words one company that I work for used).  I have not had a weekend off in two years.  How long does one have to endure this kind of treatment by employers before you know it is time to move on.  Anyone with answers on how you handled this, I welcome your advice.
Weekend work

 I work Tues-Sat normally as this was the time slot my employer needed coverage for.  However, I work for a very flexible company.  They are great.  I really hate the idea of working all day Saturday so they let me break it up over the weekend any way I chose.  I, like most of you, have a family and life outside of work but the good Lord  was smiling on me when he let me become a part of the company I now work for.  They are very flexible and will really work with you on schedules without penalizing you if you need time off for pretty much any reason as long as you give them warning that you need to be off as well as make up your hours.  I think the bottom line out there is that you are going to be treated as a professional if you behave as a professional (at least in my experience).  Anyway, my 2 cents worth.  I am finally back with a company that allows me to produce quality work and feel like I am a person and not a drone as well as being compensated as I should be with my transcription experience. 

I work OT about every other weekend.
I only do it though because I need the money right now (hoping to buy a house soon). Otherwise, I would take my two days off as I really need them to recuperate and spend time with the family.
I work every weekend, some more than others - sm
but I have not had a weekend totally off in over a year. My 2 doctors tend to dictate late Friday night and it is due back in by 8 Monday morning, so I don't have much of a choice unless I get someone to cover for me. I just gave up an account as it was too erratic, feast or famine, and I just could not juggle 140 minutes a day and get it all done in TAT. But just took on a new account that is consistent and 3 of us will be on instead of me handling all by myself, so that will give me some extra $$$ I desperately need and more structure in my work week...and probably more weekend work unfortunately. Sometimes I put in 20 hours or more over the weekend, crazy.
I would charge more per line for working holidays or if asked to work scheduled days off. SM
But did you address that in your contract? 
I work almost every weekend, but I don't mind so much. sm

I don't have a husband or kids, and I'd rather work and let others be off, if possible.   It would be different if I worked in an office every weekend, but somehow, working at home, it doesn't seem so bad.  I can get up early, get my work done, and have most of the day left if I want to do something. 

Sorry that you're unhappy with it.  Just part of the business, I guess. 

So you do work in other locations during the weekend..SM
allowing you to get a work shift in while being gone from home? I suppose you would have to be somewhere with an internet connection, obviously, and bring your foot pedal, also. This sounds kind of appealing. Do you do this in hotel rooms? I'm not sure I'd be places where there is a wifi connection, would be my problem. Using the full-size extra keyboard is a good idea. That's definitely something I'd do. Thanks for the tip. I've never had a laptop so I didn't think about that.
Always asking for extra work.
Do you all get as tired as me when the QA people are constantly hawking the MTs to do extra work.  Every day its the same old thing - but they do it in a very passive aggressive "pretty" way.  I figure, if there's that much work constantly, hire more MTs.   I mean, how much can we stare into the screen!!
wants to work weekends and they need weekend coverage.
Most companies now are going a Tu-Sa shift of Sun-Thu.   Clinic work usually is M-F.  
Amphion does not require weekend work. sm
Set your own schedule.  No holidays or weekends required.  Good pay, good people, good accounts. 
Hire someone to work per diem or for a weekend. NM


I have that very situation exactly, except I work a weekend every 8 weeks.
6-hour day, weekend work by choice, sm
optional access to group health ins even if I have to pay total premium, a company that understands what "IC" really means, a company that refuses to offshore US transcription, pay by gross line, pay based on quality and experience and no less than 9 cpl, but most of all,

There are companies out there who do not require weekend work...sm
I have two right now that don't, but I can if I want to which means more work for me on Monday. So, sometimes I work and sometimes I don't. It is nice. I'm an IC.
Extra work possibility

Just wanted to post something that might help those of you looking for work... while I realize this is a medical transcription board, with our work being outsourced more and more each day, we have to do what we have to do to earn a paycheck.

After talking with a police officer and hearing how many hours they spend doing written reports of calls/incidents, I mentioned that it was too bad they could not dictate their reports and have them transcribed.  He really liked the idea and so did I as I thought more about it.  I finally scheduled an appointment with the Chief of Police and made a proposal to him.  I had to do some research -- average pay per hour of a police officer x hours per day spent writing reports, etc, -- but that was not too difficult to get. 

To make a long story short -- he tried this with a couple of his officers on their lengthy and very detailed reports. 

Because it allows more time for actually being a police officer instead of being tied up writing illegible reports by hand, they love the idea. 

I submitted my bid, which was approved, and the contract was signed.  There is never a dull moment with this! 

I work Mon-Sat, but only scheduled for M-F. Need the extra $. nm
Demographics/extra work
How many of you are being asked to do more demographic work and other extras in your job that do not apply to your line count?  An email went out telling us that these areas "had to be filled in" because it caused too much work for the hospital if we didn't do it - but these demographics do not add to our line count - so I have a hard time understanding why we are to take 2-5 minutes in each report to do work that we are not paid for - for one report it doesn't seem like that much - but add it up to all that you do in a week - and well, that's a big pay decrease from where I stand.  How many of you are dealing with this problem.  It is probably not a new one - just new to me.
I would work extra if it is not asked of me
too often. Would you rather they hire extra help and then there may not be enough work to go around?
Or after a boring weekend when working at a hospital someone asks "How was your weekend?" and

Where's all our supervisors on this question who have to work extra to keep
accounts within turn around time. what happens when account falls out and you can't keep it up by yourself?
Hospitals should be paying us extra to NOT go to work

It would be so so so easy to show how to win malpractice cases with what I know about the medical transcription system as it is operating now.

They'll send an email out when they need extra work done.
The bonuses are tied to taking on extra work on top of your regular workload, not production or longevity.  It's per extra shift or per extra report on backlogged accounts.  Call and talk to them if you have any questions.
Does anyone else earn extra money at home doing something along with MT work?
I need some ideas.  Fall is coming and I will have some extra time and getting burned out on MT.
I work every holiday -- don't really mind, but would be nice to have extra pay. sm

When I worked for YOG, we got holiday pay and weekend differential.  I guess those days are gone.  Now, I'm just expected to work every holiday and every weekend and smile and say thanks for letting me be your slave. 

I should probably stay away from the boards today ... Guess I'm Bad Mood Betty!  (ha)

Do you work outside your scheduled hours to get extra lines?
Or do you stick to your schedules and just roll with however many lines you make during that time?
Don't mind extra work as long as it is not abusive
I used to always work my shift and then try to do 2-3 early Sunday mornings.  I was stopped from doing that because we could not work more than 40 hours.  If there is help needed after my 40 hours I certainly do not mind helping out when needed - as long as this does not become abusive and you are expected to be available 10, 12 or more hours a day, night, and weekends.  I have been there and it just got out of hand.  I am comfortable with less than 50 hours a week.
I can relate.....I took on extra work and now my DH just picked a fight with me, and is also winding
the kids up massively as I type this. Totally off your subject but he just dropped on me that he is cutting all contact off from my dad since he recently remarried and intimated that he was leaving me and my brothers nothing in his will......DH also said the kids were not allowed to have any contact with him either.  I can get around that and just leave with the kids when he is at work if I have to resort to that.  But this is bullsh*t.....I fear if it keeps up I am headed for divorce court.  He is getting weirder and weirder about money, though he professes not to care or want it.  Then he dropped that when his dad (75) dies his mom (70) was moving in with us.......WHAT!  So right now I am hoping that his mom goes first as he will never live with his dad, or that his dad lives another 15 years at least....We had promised my mom she could live with us, but now that she is dead, he says it will be his mother as he has to protect his interests (and the kids....as supposedely all his parent's money is to go to them.....he plans not to touch it). So needless to say I am LIVID, don't want to work right now, am not talking to him though he keeps coming in and ranting more....he has calmed down some but still driving me nuts.  He has to stop drinking, that is what it comes down to....much more rational then.  But I really think the writing is on the wall and it's scary as I have no where to go now.
When time permits, I always work extra so I have a little slush fund - sm

That way when the slow weeks come around (which they always do in this business), I can actually enjoy it instead of fretting about the money I'm losing.  For the last nine months I've been doing a little weekend account (maybe 120 minutes of dictation for a whole weekend) and stashing the money away and in October I'm treating my family to a week in Disneyworld. You gotta have some kind of reward to work for - otherwise you get discouraged and unmotivated.  But don't try making up the difference in one week, look longer term. 



After finally switching my schedule to all weekend, every weekend
Seems like that's the only way I could get work with my MTSO. So, I do it. I am to the point where I will pretty much jump if they say hop,so I can feed my family. I would say it's sad, but I am actually glad to even have work and a decent check again. I am giving up a lot working every single weekend and days at the end and beginning of the week, but its daily work!
Can they do surgery extra fast? What do they do with the extra glove in the pack?
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In the past when I've needed extra work could get a response from co.'s within a week and be w
Now it's like zip, zero, nothing. No responses whatsoever from my emails to the companies here and on mtjobs.com.

At first I was looking for specifics regarding hospital work, clinic work, days, hours, etc., and choosing those but later got desperate and even with 16 years experience have been applying for 7-cent-a-line clinic jobs.... STILL no response from ANYONE! Well, actually, I get responses but they are automated emails stating I've passed the test(s) and will be contacted in X amount of days/weeks/months. Then I never hear back even with a followup email. In the past, I could get a new job within a week or two.

I don't know. I was thinking maybe they're thinking that with 16 years experience it would be easier to go with someone with less experience (for whatever reasons), so I'm considering just putting down 5 years or so as my experience instead of the truth. Could be they don't want to deal with this old dinosaur and want new blood, I don't know.
I am currently working all weekend every weekend.
I get so burnt out although I do have work on the weekends, and then there is nobody home or friends to do things with during the week because they are all working or at school. I really dislike this schedule a lot. Plus I never get to do anything on the weekends or plan for anything while everyone else is off. I wouldn't mind 1 day every weekend but 2 days plus Friday is really doing me in. Good luck to you whatever you decide. Do think long-term, because when I decided to go for this kind of schedule, I did not consider the repercussions of long-term every weekend day and Friday.
As an IC, can the company require you to work Thanksgiving and Christmas, I though IC set their own schedule?
You would rather ruin their holiday than to tell what this man has done, I don't understand.  Do you really want your mother married to a man like this?  Your excused for putting your head in the sand and ignoring this situation I cannot comprehend.  If you had daughters and their stepfather was doing this to them would you not want to know? 
Alone on the holidays
I spend most of my holidays alone. Since I'm divorced, and kids are grown and married they have to divide time between Mom, Dad, and in-laws (some in-laws are married, some are divorced). It just makes it all easier. I have Christmas with my kids a week before, or a week after, the important thing is we ALL respect each other's space.

I won't say its always easy being alone, but its ok. Sometimes I have the big "dinner" with my best friends family, sometimes not. Several times, I've thought about cooking the whole meal and inviting a homeless family or something, but so far, haven't done that (visitors traumatize my dogs, they rule the roost here).

One way or another, Thanksgiving and Christmas are about giving thanks in my book, we don't all have to sit in one room for that to happen. Also, its a good time to reflect and get to watch what you want on TV!!

One way or the other, I hope you (and anyone else who's alone for the holidays) find happiness and peace.

If you want turkey/ham and the fixin's, give me a call!! LOL
To alone for the holidays

If you mean COMPLETELY alone, there are probably some things you could do - and I don't mean transcribing!!!  Does your area have a meal for the homeless where you could volunteer?  What about at a nursing home, or maybe a childrens' hospital, or a hospice.  Check and see if you could bring baked goods, and spend time with people who don't have a choice about being alone.  Giving of yourself will make you feel great!