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You're forgetting all the stuff you can't buy when you're UNEMPLOYED!

Posted By: sm on 2006-05-30
In Reply to: You're forgetting ALL the stuff you CAN buy because.... - SM

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?

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You're forgetting ALL the stuff you CAN buy because....
it's more cheaply made.. If you have to pay 10 dollars for a widget because we had to pay high union wages to an American worker, not that many people would be able to buy a widget.  Lots of things are inexpensive because they are made offshore, and you are buying them and enjoying their low price every single day.
They're all really the same, from the simple foot pedal to the more technical stuff.
Doesn't bode well to me, and I'd not waste my time or my computer!
Got that right! They're exhausting! Moving all the stuff in and out, rearranging, then packing it
Might want to check out eBay if you're not into JCP or Sears stuff. Can find some good bargains
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.
It's not funny when you're on a board where language is one skill you're selling.
Hope you're gonna have a glass of wine while you're relaxing

in your spa goodies. Congrats!

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
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?

if you are working at all, you are not unemployed
You would not be able to get compensation. This bites, but that is the way they look at it.
You went unemployed for a year to settle for IC work
So you pay huge amounts for your own taxes, benefits, etc. No PTO, no sick time, no holidays.

Good job on holding out there! Way to go!

Yes, it just didn't help to be unemployed for 2 months at that time.
We got a shutoff notice for Christmas with snow on the ground.
With your people skills, you'll stay unemployed. nm
are we all forgetting something?

We are in an economic crisis here!!!  We should all be grateful to even have jobs!!  My husband has had his work cut (not in the medical field) so severely it is pathetic, but he can't sue over it!!  Either there is work or there isn't.  Sometimes people promise work based off of previous statistics in their company, so you can't necessarily blame them for no work.  You have to get another job to supplement or just ride it out.  I know many people in my community that have been laid off from their jobs and had to take up any crappy minimum wage job they can find to make ends meet.  Just another perspective from a financially stressed out person.

selective forgetting
Some people only remember that they want to remember.
You are forgetting one thing...

Most companies are not giving raises anymore, either. Sure they say they do, but in the end, just ask for one and see what happens.

I, for one, have never had a problem with getting a raise, but the companies are tightening their belts big time so they can compete with the overseas companies. All in all, the rates ARE an insult to an experienced Transcriptionist and I will not take a job at the lower rates "just to have a job". 

The main problem with today's MTs is that they are willing to take these low paying jobs just to work. Then they complain because they're not getting paid enough. If MTs would all stick together and stop accepting jobs like this, companies would have to change their attitude and start paying us what we are worth.

When one company lowers their rates and gets MTs to work for them, another company decides to try the same thing. Next thing you know, all the companies are offering the lower rate....and the ball keeps rolling... Before you know it, we U.S. MT's will be making LESS than the overseas companies because of it. 

I do wish everybody would wise up. The economics of the situation is supply and demand. We supply...they demand (more and more work for less and less money or benefits). Where will it end?

Forgetting to hang up - got me my job in college
I actually got my transcription job in college when the original Transcriptionist find out she was getting fired. The doctor didn't shut off the recorder and he and his partners started discussing putting an ad in the Sunday paper for her job. She quit - I walked in the next day (before the ad was ever placed) just going from office to office dropping off resumes and voila - MY LUCK ... well, not really. It was a horrible place to work and I ended up quitting after 3 months.
like walking into a room for something but forgetting what it was !

How about forgetting about other people and thinking
I started doing that years ago. We have the ability to just tune in our our headphones and tune out the garbage. Take attitudes for what they are. Here is something once I heard I always try to remember when someone in the field, either a coworker or boss, etc. is nasty: Always be kind as possible, everyone is also fighting some kind of battle.
This means we don't have to get in other people's heads and figure out why they are out to get us. Don't waste the time. Chances are whatever it is has nothing to do with us. If QA is instructional fine, take from the mistake and learn and consider that learning experience a blessing.
Conversely, besides the money which I also need to feed my family, think about that patient you are serving silently from home, and how you are in service. There is no job greater than to be in silent service to others. So, 2 things we can learn about our unique situation in this job: 1. Be thankful we can work quietly and remain quiet even through the storms of others. 2. Remain quiet while serving in a noble manner those who are at a time in their lives when they need you most, the sick and dying.
A lot of the way we are treated is drawn by the way we look at the world. Change your outlook and things will change. That of course is just my 2 cents. I am not in control of anyone else, not this business, not the other posters, not the docs, not the people in the industry alongside me. I can only sit quietly and appreciate the fact that I am an MT and that is where I should be and I enjoy that fact every single day, even for 26 years I have served thus far. Happy Thanksgiving.
Yes, of course, you're right.
You're absolutely right. Your E-mail shows such aspirational maturity -- I'm sure you were the class valedictorian, always the studious, respectful child. You have limitless options. That's how you ended up at MQ like the rest of us.
You're welcome SM

I know exactly what you mean.  I've worked for some of the largest teaching hospitals who had staff and resident lists nearly a foot thick but that was in the "old" days when pay was better and computers hadn't been heard of yet.  These modern days if a company can't provide their physician list in the data base where I can search with just a letter or 2, then I'm not going to work for them.  I suspect that lots of your company's MTs object to nonproductive time looking up tons of names and addresses and whether you realize it or not, you're on the clean up committee, getting those jobs when they are thrown back into the pool.  You might try talking it over with your supervisor and offering to continue doing the throw backs provided you're paid to do so.  I did that once when all I was getting day in and day out was the most horrible of horrible dictators.  Much to my surprise they agreed to compensate me appropriately.  Granted, the pickings for really good companies are slim but they are out there, you just have to find the right one.  Most will tell you anything you want to hear until you're hired, which is why I suggested keeping the old job until you've tried the new one on for size. 

Hope this helps!

You're welcome!

You're right. They do.
seems like you're saying..
Since its been done for so long its okay.  This is brutal to the animals and unhealthy to us.  Its also heartbreaking to a lot of us.  Although i'm not like those radical PETA members you described, when I see certain things being done to animals, it does move me, so I can understand their passion.  One thing that gets me to the core is selling birds at pet stores.  They were meant to be free and FLY, that is their whole purpose and for someone to keep them trapped in a little barred cage just for their personal enjoyment is just beyond me.  You have to actually 'feel' these things, its not crazy. 
You're welcome!
You're welcome, Miryam. Good luck to you - there are some really good companies out there.  Keep looking if you are seriously thinking about changing jobs.
You're not in my car! LOL!

They do both - at least some of them, I know. But, you're right -the pay is not enough. :(
You're welcome :-)

It's a pretty cool site (I like the name, too).  Hope it helps.  E-mail me anytime if you feel the need & have the time...I'll be around

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