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It's not funny when you're on a board where language is one skill you're selling.

Posted By: nm on 2007-06-11
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Yes! We're talking critical skill developement here! nmx
Totally agree. They're no longer paying for this so-called skill
and that's part of the reason the quality is down.
It's selling-out because you're supporting an outfit
for more and more offshoring of American work, that's why. And when the possibility of plugging the leak by passing a bill to forbid offshoring of Amercians' info. without their consent, or another one getting rid of MTSO perks for offshoring our jobs goes to Congress, who do you think will be spending YOUR money to lobby against the passage of those bills, thereby possibly keeping YOUR job safe? You guessed it - AHDI. These people are all snakes. Passing a test and getting some fake letters after your name might make you feel better than other MTs, but it doesn't MAKE you, or any other MT better. What makes us better is on-the-job experience, not the shady auspices of the AHDI scammers.
You're funny. Ignorant, but funny.
I don't live in NYC and I don't work out of NYC and I make wayyyyy more than $23 an hour, SandyGIRL.

I'm an employee at the largest national and I make anywhere from $58K to $64K a year.

You don't have to believe anyone but you show your ignorance by telling those of us who make that money that we're full of it.

Funny how we're all different. He looks like he needs a bath to me.
You're too funny. Don't worry. sm

My son is still basically a non meat eater too unless it is bacon or pepperoni on a pizza.  He hates steak, pork chops and chicken.  He will eat hamburger in tacos, spaghetti and hamburger helper, but the only actual "hamburger" that he will eat is McDonalds. Breakfast at McDonalds is "bacon, egg and cheese biscuit - hold the egg please" and the only vegetables that he will even look at are green beans or peas.  He loves ham and cheese hot pockets, but not cold ham and cheese between 2 slices of bread.

This is the real kicker. . . . when he gets his braces tightened, he wants nothing but his very own can of Campbells PEA SOUP!.

this is too funny when you're probably talking to people
who have a lot more weight to lose than you must have and will probably NEVER see the size 8 that you started at. only a dream for me, that's for sure!
Good point! You're funny! :-) (sm)
She is a mess, however, my best girlfriend heard that she just signed a contract for 3, count 'em, THREE more years. How can this be?? Simon will make this his last year unless they offer him another mint to stay. I can't imagine.
you're funny - but I change my handle....sm

to usually fit the threads here.....but email me anytime - just click on the email thingy when you post to me :)  I DO email *lol*

Yeah, eTime does keep me more together and putting in more hours....*grins*  I only work for them PT.

Thanks for what you said about my post - if I was going to call someone that, I would've spelled DUMB and I would've not called them DUMB but voiced an opinion that I thought they were DUMB.  I was merely being dramatic, like you said.....and starting with a dum-de-dum-dum-DA or DUM, I forget how I ended that......

I now think that poster didn't know what eTime was nor worked for our national but who knows?  I'm certainly not sure.  *l*

Email me - and we'll do email :)  Perhaps we even live in the same state....*giggles*

Be well, sugar!!  :)

I get offended by blonde jokes. They're not funny at all.

Especially, after hearing them over and over again from people who think they're being "clever".  In addition, I don't know how many times people have told me to prove that I'm a real blonde.  Like they can't tell from my eyebrows.  Duh, really funny and so original.  I've never heard that one before.

We blondes do have to overcome the stereotype.  People think we're stupid or promiscuous just because we're blonde.  Scoff all you want to, but it's true.  No, we don't have it as tough as minorities do at all, but nobody ever takes us seriously either.  I'd give examples of real life discrimination and harrassment in the workplace, but why bother?  Everyone just thinks they're being funny or clever.

Are you sure you're on the right board. Those
things are usually discussed on the company board, not the main one. 
Because you're all over this board today
on a beautiful Sunday attacking all the "bitter" MTs with bad attitudes.  However, you are the epitome of bitterness.  You're starting arguments and justifying your own bad behavior.  Have you ever heard the saying that when you're angry at someone, you're really angry at yourself?  Are you having a bad day, hon?  Home life got you down?  Stressed out?  All alone and lonely?  Do you just need a hug?  We're here for you if you'd like to open up about what's really bothering you. 
it seems like you're killing THIS board.

You're on the wrong board!
This particular board is for medical transcriptionists, so we can't help you. Sorry!
they're messing with the board.
Nope, we're everywhere on this board! Can't you smell us??
Search thru the Company board. They're all bad! nm
Good for you - we're not all nasty on this board

You're welcome Tad, you will get quicker answers on the word board

you're welcome; use Main board for general MT questions
For Pete's sake, you're not terminating a pregnancy, you're just typing a report after the
It's already been done before you even hear about it, and NOTHING changes regardless of whether you or someone else types it. Sheesh.
Hope you're gonna have a glass of wine while you're relaxing

in your spa goodies. Congrats!

By stating "Don't dictate to the board what to say and how to say it" you're doing exact
You're right, i spend way too much time on this board when should be working, I am just so burned
Well, you're all complaining that accounts are current and work is low, so, gee, maybe they're
focusing on WORK, as in CLIENT and transcribing, as maybe half of you should be focusing on!!
If you're experienced, try for 9cpl or higher, and you're lucky to get that! nm
Skip it. No one cares. Either you're good on the test or you're not.
You're probably right. Plus we're losing our percentage of good people by .... (sm)
allowing every loser from every 3rd world country on the planet to just stroll on into our country, some legally, most illegally, and take advantage of the social services all us hard working little gerbils pay for by having money taken out of our pay every month. But I don't think we're all lazy. Just the ones on permanent welfare driving around town in brand-new Cadillac Escalades. Saw one just today on the Bayshore Fwy. Brand-new black Escalade with expensive spinner wheels, with 5 or 6 Mexicans in it. Well, who knows - maybe they stole it and it was on its way to a chop-shop. Smart-and-hungry people aren't always hard-working and honest.
You're not going to find a word expander for free. You're going to have to pay
You're forgetting all the stuff you can't buy when you're UNEMPLOYED!
Unemployed people have a hard time buying anything, including cheaply made offshore products. How many will have to end up depending on public assistance? That means more tax dollars being eaten up - besides the taxes NOT being collected from the overseas workers. In the long run, are you really enjoying a lower price?
If you're on the job, ask for samples to do it how they want it. If you're testing, separate o
You're not losing it, you're burned out on your main job.
I feel for you... I am having my own "version" ;-) of these kinds of struggles. Lots of recent changes at the admin level have made my job do a 180, going from a really great one to a really crappy one.

For me, it's a struggle to get through the day with a shred of motivation. I get distracted in the way you discuss as well.

I just try to make my environment as comfortable as possible and make the best of it while I decide what the best way is to deal with the burnout... I figure if I can't change my inner brain workings so that I still like this job, I need to find another one, or this feeling will possibly get worse!

I hope it works out for you. Wish I had some better advice for you, but this really does look like burnout and extreme job dissatisfaction to me. We all wear it differently. Try to be good to yourself while you figure out a solution.

Don't know what you're complaint you're making with this post. sm

You stated in your original post that you don't want to work weekends or odd shifts. What is your definition of an odd shift?  Second shift?  Third shift?  Sounds like you want to work M-F on days.  Sounds kind of rigid to me. 

Personally I like second shift, so everyone working days means more work for me! 

You're not under a rock, you're just like me... an adult with more to
It's not because you're beautiful, it's because you're an IDIOT!
Does that make it any clearer for you??




Honey you're not being a shrew, you're being a
I don't get it when husbands and wives *allow* the other to have money that THEY work for...just don't get it.  Go buy the flippin' keyboard and tell him to take a hike! (To put it sweetly!) 
Why is it the only expander you're permitted to use? How would any know what you're using?


They think they're smart to accept it, but they're
If they're withholding taxes, you're not an IC.
As an IC, you should already be paying taxes. That said, the only benefit having them withhold FICA is that your Social Security/Medicare share will be less. Social Security is 15%; if you're an employee, you pay 7.5% and your employer pays 7.5%. As an IC, you pay 15%. Doing the math, 0.0925 would be your 0.10 minus 7.5%--the 0.0924 is just a tad less than you're making now.
We're out here (good MTs) but we're busy! sm
I don't recall ever taking an employment test where I wasn't offered a job. My MTSO does not even look at my work unless I happen to have a question or a blank, which happens maybe once in every 30 or so reports with an ESL. If you find a really good MT, how much training would be involved? Certainly you would save time in the long run once they're trained and you don't have to check all their work.
If you're one of the MTDesk clan then you're ok
You're right if you're single it's tough.

I am an IC as well, but I have a husband with benefits and makes a fair buck.  I am fortunate after 20 years to able to work from home.  I worked on site for 17 years with a "chocolate cake" the day I left.  Nothing more...  The loyalty in any profession is gone, gone, and gone again. 

Most companies want new employees/ICs that will take low pay and that won't cost much in the way of paying vacation time.

I do take every Friday off and try only to get on to check e-mail, etc. 

However, I wouldn't trade being here for my kids at this point.

There are headaches no matter what profession you are in.  It seems if it isn't one thing it's another. 

Raises?  Out of the question in this profession since most are afraid they will lose the account including myself.  I also underbid my last account because I wanted the account so bad.  I should be charging more. 

It is a neverending cycle really.

But, I still enjoy the work, so I guess that's the difference.  It does take will power to sit and type.  Some people need that boss hanging around to keep the production up and the incentive of a nice paycheck is just not good enough.

Good luck with your new job!  Sounds great! 

If you're new, good - if you're not a newbie, not so hot
Would need to know how long you have been an MT. For a newbie, this is a pretty good rate of speed.

However, if you have anything over a couple years of experience, then this is not too hot.

Also, what are the dictators like? Is it a "United Nations" account??

If you ARE capable of 200 lph or more and you can't seem to get it, then the problem has got to be with the platform you are using. In my experience, the platform into which you transcribe can make or break your paycheck - so if the platform stinks, then I hate to tell you, but there is no way you will be able to improve your line rate. I have quit jobs because of awful platforms more than once.
You realize by doing that they're making more money & you're making less? You should reconsid

It's just what you're comfortable with and what you're used to.
I give a minimum of $100 for acquaintances and raise the bar from there to good friends, relatives, immediate family getting the largest gift. 
that's because they're the big guys and you're only the
No, you're not missing anything, but you're really not seeing
anything either. InterFix designs and sets up software specifically to facilitate an easy conversion to overseas transcription.
You're both right and you're both wrong.
There are too many variables to give an accurate--or even estimated--count. Using a standard 1-inch margin, you may have short lines and lots of paragraphs and get a lower count. If no paragraphs and it's a full page of text from margin to margin, you get your higher count. You can't possibly use an average count because of variables, which is why no one can commit to a pat answer.
It says that's why you're QA and we're MT, simple enough?

English may not be the official language on the federal level, but it is the NATIONAL language. sm
From Wikipedia:

Although the United States has no official language at the federal level, English is the national language.

In 2003, about 215 million, or 82 percent of the population aged five years and older, spoke only English at home. Spanish, spoken by over 10 percent of the population at home, is the second most common language and the most widely taught foreign language.[139][140] Immigrants seeking naturalization must know English. Some Americans advocate making English the country's official language, as it is in at least twenty-eight states.[141] Both Hawaiian and English are official languages in Hawaii by state law.[142] Several insular territories also grant official recognition to their native languages, along with English: Samoan and Chamorro are recognized by Samoa and Guam, respectively; Carolinian and Chamorro are recognized by the Northern Mariana Islands; Spanish is an official language of Puerto Rico. While neither has an official language, New Mexico has laws providing for the use of both English and Spanish, as Louisiana does for English and French.[143]

P.S. Miami may be one of the largest cities, but it is still just one city located in one small state. There are 49 other states. Miami is just a small speck when you compare it to the rest of the United States.