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Cherry picking.......

Posted By: sm on 2008-09-08
In Reply to: To all you CHERRY PICKERS...This one's for you! - KyMt

I worked for several small MTSOs now and the voice files are sent over, so I get what is there regardless.

I did work for nationals over the years and understand your situation. But, if they called me to do OT or work on the weekend, I would flat out ask for some good dictators if they wanted me to help out, and they would pass those on to me, but during my shift, I got what I got, which were the horribly dictating ESLs, mumblers, etc. When I would ask about cherry pickers, they would tell me no, they didn't allow that, but of course it was going on. You could tell it was. I did work for one company that definitely would not allow that and we all got stuck with the good, bad, and the ugly, which is only fair.

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it's called CHERRY PICKING and whether you like it or not, it's PICKING and CHOOSIING
who is going to get a report. Carry on with your know-it-all attitude and do all the ugly reports routed to you. I guess that leaves the "cherry" reports for me. And that's more money for me girlfried wannabe doctor phoney poster.
cherry picking
Your boss WANTS you spy on each other AND rat them out? so much for ethics and morals..I'm too busy doing my own work to worry what others are doing.
Cherry Picking

A cherry picker is someone who manipulates the dictation system to give her or himself the better, longer reports or the known good dictators. I am not sure how people do this with at-home and internet based transcription, but when I worked at a hospital people used to check what was coming up on the big Lanier machines and take a break if they saw something bad on the horizon. If you are in a position to assign yourself work, such as a system administrator, you could take the best dictators for yourself, but it is likely if you are new you are not in this position yet.

My advice:  Stay on the good side of your coworkers and do the work that is lined up for you.  

cherry picking on DQS
The people working in the room than handles the work flow..the room that controls the dictation put the easier dictation on your track.  They will do that when transcriptionists complain they cant do the **hard** doctors.  They are able to put you on whatever track they want to..You have no control but the office does.
cherry picking
Which is worse, cherry pickers or greedy hogs who take all the work? That's the case where I am desperately trying to get away from. These people overhire as well as have a lot of job hogs.
cherry picking

not all the managers of the closed MQ offices are working from home, my office manager lost her job and so did everyone else that worked in that office, (when you think about it how many managers do you really need it everything is done via email) we were told by our office that the hospital could track who was skipping reports but nothing was ever done about it, everyone was told not to do it which stopped it for awhile but then it would start up again, we also had managers that would assign certain work types to certain transcriptionists or certain drs to certain transcriptionists, that's how it was in my old office

Cherry picking

I don't like cherry pickers for whatever reason, but I do know this.  If you hang in with the worst dictators on your account, transcribe them each time they come up, guess what - you get the hang of them and learn them, no matter how difficult they are.  That is what is ignorant about cherry picking to me, taking on the most difficult dictators just gives you an opportunity to learn and conquer no matter how slow going it is at the beginning.  I think if die-hard cherry pickers looked at it as an opportunity to learn, it would stop - I don't like anything or anybody to "whip me", so I do jobs at my company that have been kicked around all over the US for two or three hours, but the cherry picking stops here.

Cherry Picking!
YES,so true and now the hardest dictators seem to easy and you meet the challenge! That is what keeps the job interesting as well. Yes, love the easy reports here and there to give me a break but the challenge is what keeps me going.
it's CHERRY PICKING and she could not get away with it at MQ
You get a report and call wawawa I have a cell phone dictation and I REFUSE to do it you would be laughed out of a job.
Not for us, but for the cherry-picking
management person who did 4600 lines in 1 day- that had to be done by picking out all the normal reports on the system and them getting her sweet little bonus. What a cheat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cherry picking....

I do know exactly what you are talking about.  And to you other posters who ask, "how do you know"....believe me with some accounts it is very, very obvious unless you live in lallah land!!  I've been going through this cherry picking routine now for about 5 months.  Company hired one new girl who tried for several months but couldn't do the "bad" guys so she was terminated.  Now we have a new "seasoned" MT who is skipping over the same dictators.  The really SAD news is that QA doesn't want her to even try to do those docs because they can't understand them either.  So they are left for me and one other person as we seem to be the only two who can do their work!! 

I've let the "powers that be" know that this really should not be tolerated; they agree but will give her a little more time to "adjust".  Wish I could "adjust" my bills!!!!!  Anyway, smile....things will get better.     

I am not cherry picking. sm
If I was cherry picking I would refuse to do the account. I have 2 other accounts. I am hoping that by doing this account it will come to be something that isn't so hard for me anymore. I learn everyday. But that account is very hard to make lines on. If I could choose I would like to work on an acute care that wasn't a learning hospital, but I know I am gaining great experience with this account. I don't mean to sound like I am a cherry picker but some say why stay where you don't like the account. When you are a newbie you don't have that luxury if you wanted it. I know some MTs who work for the same company I do with many years exp. who refuse to do acute care. I know that is their preference but I understand what you are saying. It does get annoying when some pick and choose. I have never told them I won't do it. I don't like it but if I wasn't going to do it I would find another company. I wouldn't stay at a company and refuse to do the work I was offered because then other MTs have to do it and it isn't fair to cherry pick and make others do what you don't want to do. And I have that where I work. I have people that work there and have many, many years exp. and refuse to do the hard acute care accounts. I used to get so fustrated. As a result that is more of the hard account I have to do because they don't want to but like you say that is part of the job so I will just have to deal with other cherry pickers.
cherry-picking is cherry-picking
I work both weekend days because that's the only time I get good work, so when the they ask for extra help and everyone says they'll only help if they get good work, then I'm stuck with the leftover crap nobody wants on my usual shift while everyone who's "helping out" is getting the good stuff. sorry, but cherry-picking is cherry-picking no matter when!
cherry picking
bring it to your supevisor's attention. We got got a notice about doing that from our supervisors.  It is not taken lightly.
Cherry picking, what would you do?
I guess I am just frustrated.  In my company we can see what work is available, we have the ability to select our work, and we can see what everyone else is working on.  I am relatively new.  Recently I figured out that a couple of the MTs do nothing all morning but wait for the reports that have canned dictation.  I guess they must just keep refreshing the screen and the instant one pops up, they are on it.  Doing this they are probably able to rack up a very nice line count within two or three hours.  Then they will do just enough actual work to make their 1200 for the day.  I wouldn't mind if they would do some actual work while waiting for the canned stuff to appear, but that's not the case.  I want to say something but I'm just not sure.  What would you do?
Cherry picking
Landmark works on the Bayscribe platform and as far as I can tell it doesn't allow cherry picking.  If you get a job and for some reason cancel it and request the next job, you get the same job.  I have done that not because of cherry picking, but because I had to cancel out for some reason, or I lost my web page.  It comes back with the same job in my queue.
Regarding cherry picking posts below

Could someone actually tell me how an at-home worker gets information regarding cherry picking trainees from India and managers getting complaints from hospitals.  I just transcribe for MQ and don't know how one would cherry pick on this platform DQS.  No manager has ever called me to tell me the hospital is complaining about cherry pickers.  No manager has ever sent a memo telling me that the office was being closed because of cherry pickers.  I just transcribe what comes across my screen with no correspondence from managers other than account updates either slow work or bonus times.  I have no idea who else is working on the account, Indian or otherwise. 

How would one go about obtaining all of the information to establish cherry picking or not cherry picking and the nationality of the cherry picker?

Thanks in advance for any answers you can give.  Perhaps I am living in an isolated world and maybe my account is cherry picked and don't know to complain.



stop cherry picking or get out
STOP CHERRY PICKING..for pete sake..dont try to justify it..JUST DO THE FREAKING WORK AS IT IS ASSIGNED TO YOU..PERIOD!!  Im one of them who gets the **crap** work, the extremely hard Asian or Spanish doctors who put the phone in their arm pit, the doctors who are half asleep and mumble..please!!!!!!!  just do the work as it is assigned to you.  We all need a pay check and I work hard for mine, I expect you to do the same or get out of the profession of medical transcription..
Still sounds like cherry picking to me.
Refusing to do dictators from wherever they dictate sounds like cherry picking to me. I don't like to transcribe dictators who use speaker phone, but I do 'em anyway, like it or not.
All this cherry picking stuff LOL
Could be that those accusing high producers of "cherry picking" might possibly make a better line count if they 1)  Quit trying to find out how many lines their co-workers have typed and 2)  Stay off the boards until they have reached their goal.  I don't think posting to newsgroups pays all that well.  I don't care which company it is, no typing, no money.
Routing isn't cherry picking. :)
Routing is business...it all has to get done, the good, the bad, the ugly.

I'm not worried about getting the bad reports, either.

Sooner or later, you'll be out of a job and I won't because I can REALLY do the work. I've already seen that happen. I usually get rewarded for my extra effort as well...a few particular jobs or dictators if I do some really ugly ones. Is that cherry picking? I don't think so. It's called business. It's called getting a reward for doing something that others cannot. It's why I'm given a little leeway. :)

Happy typing.
There are all types of cherry picking

Sometimes it's like the game of Monopoly - I'll trade you St Charles Place for Marvin Gardens. You take a couple of choice dictatators in exchange for doing a couple that other people have trouble doing.

Another example is giving a "good show." By that I mean ... there are 20 reports on the system - Two of them are 10 minutes each and the rest are 2 minutes each. You've got two hours to get the work done, so, you do all the small reports. Changes are it'll be the same amount of lines either way, but it's psychological for the client. They think they're getting more work back.

I remember years ago when I worked in a hospital. There was one doctor who sent me screaming from the room (he sounded like a deranged chipmunk). They hired a new gal who had no trouble doing him (she also had a lot more experience than me). She knew I hated him and said, "I'll go him if you let me down so-and-so." You betcha!! We were happy as clams. I got rid of the worst one, and she got to do her favorite one.

The truth of the matter is, I would speak with those in charge and explain the situation. Tell them how you feel (very frustrated). See what they can do/say. If they won't ... personally ... I update my resume and look elsewhere.

Then again, maybe I just have a lower tolerance level than others. 

yeah I did some cherry picking

on one of your accounts, but that was to make up for the lines I lost doing a doctor on another one of your accounts that you didn't want to do because you said you couldn't understand a word he was saying. Well, duh, neither could I the first time I did him. Took me three hours to make 300 lines, thanks to you. Now we're even.

Cherry picking in Escription...sm
Is it possible for MTs to be cherry picking from a pool in Escription?  I swear there are tons of ER reports in my acute care pool and a other types of reports and it seems like I get almost no ER, somedays none, but if I look at the Q before loading it would seem with the order shown that I should get some. 
Cherry picking, my dear...nm
Cherry picking revisited
A few months ago I complained here about the rampant cherry picking at my place of employment.  My boss finally did something about it - she laid down the law that we could not begin today's work until all of yesterday's is completed.  Fine.  But NOW, my favorite cherry picker has simply revised her strategy.  She watches the rest of us work, and the INSTANT someone takes the last job from yesterday, there she is to pluck the cherries.  We wade through the crap, and then she helps us with the stuff we don't need help with.  Any ideas?  I think my boss doesn't want to hear anymore about it from me.
cherry picking is a waste of time

if you get an ESL that you cannot understand, type them anyway the best you can.  If you have to leave blanks, then leave them.  You will get used to the doctor eventually.  (Sometimes I think it will never happen with some!)  Also, if you send the same doctor in enough with blanks, they will usually send you samples or maybe the doctor might start actually speaking BETTER if enough MTs are having issues and send him in to QA often enough.  The cherry pickers are hurting themselves in the long run.  If the same MTs keep getting them and doing well because they are used to them, then they will not get sent to QA. 

Take as many different worktypes as  you can and as many different doctors as you can, it will benefit you in the long run, make  you more flexible. 

how about supervisors who facilitate the cherry picking...

I HATE IT!  So unfair.

cherry picking occurs pretty regularly. (sm)
I had to do my shift this morning and got H&Ps (which is extremely rare there are any of these left) from the day before. Guess what, they were all ESLs. Actually several of them were long and excellent dictators, so I got the last laugh on the cherrypickers on that one.

I worked for 4 hours and got NOTHING but out of sequence ESLs that had obviously been kicked back. By the time it was time for me to get off line and go to my hospital job there were enough of us suckers in there cleaning up the mess that good things were beginning to pop up.

May those cherry pickers shit bricks of thorns.
are you so sure it is cherry-picking and not the clear doctors going over to voice recog? (no messag
I respectfully disagree. The BEST is CHERRY cake with cherry drizzle. YUMboooooooooooooooyyyy!

Picking battles
There's no doubt it is difficult parenting today. I learned some hard lessons in this area. I lost a son many years ago and that was devastating. I was a very strict parent then and had a difficult time coming to terms with how important it was to "win the battles." When I lost that child, it all changed for me immediately. I was more focused on the love and connection with our other son, not so strict, more focused on being happy every day and trusting my son's judgement. I was open with him more than I ever was in my life with anybody and more honest with myself. I reviewed my own belief system and how my behavior should model what I expected of him. We got close in a wonderful, healthy way. As he got a little older into the late teens, I allowed him the dignity of making his own mistakes (minor). He wanted a tattoo. He was respectful enough to come to his parents and ask us what we thought. Of course, his father and I disagreed. He thought about it for a while and told us he decided to get a tattoo. We weren't happy, but at that point he was going to do it. SO, his father and I decided to research and take him to the cleanest, safest tattoo shop we could find and we took him there ourselves. He wanted a small dolphin tattoo in remembrance of his brother. Well, needless to stay he is now looking to have it removed! My husband and I learned not to judge on teen fads, teen dressing, or teen music. We kept a very open mind and did not criticize all things teens. Because we did not criticize and werwe not rigid, we were the luckiest parents. Our son was proud of us always as we were of him, and we were always the only parents that got invited to most of the teen parties and our home was filled with teens who felt comfortable in our home. I focused on integrity, strength of character, listening, and spirituality and that no matter if one falls, you're there to help pick them up. Today, I am proud to say I have a son who is a gem. He is a successful actor, strong in character and is not the least bit influenced by all of Hollywood's bad side. I too worried about the little things nbu
Have you thought about picking up a PT job? sm
I have just recently picked up a PT, IC job to help catch up on some bills and also to prepare for Christmas for the kids. I have a full-time job where they do take taxes and so I figure only working part-time as an IC will not hurt us too much at tax time and I can have that extra money to dump on some bills. Just a thought! Also, what about finding a company that offers group health insurance so that you don't have to pay such a high premium. My thoughts and prayers are with both you and your husband for a speedy recovery. I also think a community fund-raiser is a good idea to help with medical bills. We have those all the time in my community. Some people even place milk cartons at our convenience stores and gas stations with the medical situation that needs help; especially for small communities, people are willing to help because we all have difficult situations and want to help others. I hope everything works out well for you and your husband. Hang in there and keep your head up high and keep the faith.
Picking my jaw up off the floor
I thought Chris would win it all! :(
Work picking up? sm
I am curious to know if everyone's summer slump is over and the work is picking back up.
picking up tapes
I also have another doctor who mails me the tapes and faxes me her doctor's notes.  I do that, too.
picking an expander

Hey all, anyone got any suggestions for picking a word expander?  I really need a good one.  I have been working without one and realize that I am severely limiting myself?  Just started working on a couple of small acounts this year.  I am very new and don't want to spend money where I don' t need to.  Thanks

Cherry picking has always been allowed and goes on to this day, at least with MQ. Some of the hospitals would actually called our office and complain about it, the hospital could run a report and see who rejected the report and how many times, but nothing was ever done, the usual letter was sent out and cherry picking continued--maybe that was one of the reasons that my office was closed
And mom isn't doing such a hot job of picking husbands, either. THAT should be addressed. nm
Get a life of your own and stop picking apart--
someone elses. You must be totally jealous because you never have anything nice to say about anyone or anything. She is much more woman than you will ever hope to be!
help in picking call in system..help please..sm

My sister and I are expanding as the clinics are adding more dictators.  We were using Straight Talk, but this is limited to two dictators and one remote MT.  We need to go for more lines now.  We are trying to find the easiest system to use that is also very VERY reasonably priced as we do not have a lot of money to put out right now.  Would like suggests from anyone that has used different systems as to how many can call in, and how many can transcribe simultanesously and what the unit is called, pricing, that type of information.  We need to do this, but need to make an informed decision, rational, not just jump in. Need something that will be more useful than these were for about 1 year...now looking again...

Any suggests greatly appreciated


I thought I had strained it picking up

a 40-lb tub of cat litter!  For that matter, I lift a lot of things around the house...I just didn't know.  Then I really noticed it after being off for a weekend, when I got back to transcribing.  I felt like using the mouse exacerbated it.  Today (Wed) I have been taking ibuprofen and used heat, and it feels better.  I'm going to use caution with it and see how it goes.  It is probably like bursitis I had in the past, where you just have to wait for the inflammation to decrease.  Hope this helps -


This is a fact, not picking on 1 nationality. No
foot pedal not picking up???
I have a dictaphone foot pedal with the adapter and it isn't picking up.  Anyone know what to do? 
But the experienced MTs call that "cherry picking."
Believe me, I remember being new to acute care and wanting to get lots of experience in terminology as fast as possible, so getting a horrible dictator was very counter-productive to the process. But when newbies come on and the better dictators are routed to them, it leaves the old-timers will a high percentage of junky dictators they can't make money on. Then these valuable employees complain of the unfairness of cherry picking, and how their income has dropped because the good work is being diverted instead of left in the mix. So the experienced people look for other jobs where they won't be expected to be the bad-dictator experts and they can go back to making money.
You shouldn't be picking up, dropping off or using your paper anyway
so first you better "pretend" you have an account and figure out how to go digital and send stuff over the Internet. Pickup, dropoff and printing were done in the 20th century :)
You are picking and choosing which arguments you make

When someone makes a point about family medical history going onto a child's records and possibly preventing that child from obtaining health or life insurance in the future, you start talking about identity theft, which is NOT the topic that person is talking about.

When someone talks about identity theft, THEN you start talking about how giving medical information about deceased family members could not possibly contribute to identity theft.

Stay on topic. Quit dancing around the point. Stop making vague statements about people being "paranoid" and "scared". Many posters in this thread have gone out of their way to explain exactly WHY they feel the way they do and do the things they do, yet you completely ignore that and say they lack common sense. You have absolutely NO rational basis for your arguments. They are all based on your OPINION that people are too paranoid.

When you can come up with some solid REASONS why people shouldn't be cautious with their personal information, maybe someone will be willing to listen to you. But that hasn't happened yet, and I'm not holding my breath.

i wasn't yelling or picking one person - please don't pat yourself on the back
you may break your typing arm.

And if you have a degree in marketing with an emphasis in advertising and promoting, you would make more $$ than doing this. Makes one wonder why you chose this field. There - NOW THAT IS PICKING ON YOU DIRECTLY!!!
This is unbelievable. You should have really complained
your boss.
I do when starting on a new account - it's amazing how helpful it can be in picking up silly (sm)
errors, but once I'm comfortable with the account I don't bother.  When I do relisten, I jack the speed way up so it goes a little quicker.