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Posted By: ginny on 2006-03-21
In Reply to: Describe your workspace! - Wall color, surroundings....

An 8 x 10 room, with window seat for my dog, big light colored L desk with bookcase and armoire.   White walls (which i hate!) and lots and lots of photos around of family and friends.  

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Have most people had good luck with their MQ office closing and moving to the regional office. Have
things gotten better or worse for you.
Yes, I lost mine. I upgraded the Office 2000 package to Office 2003. sm
I have over 2000 autocorrect entries and lost them all as well as my supplemental dictionary for my Stedman's spellcheck. Lots of grief!

Maybe you will be lucky and not lose anything. Good luck to you.
Might be able to rent one from an office supply or office machine repair shop
I gave a tin of toffee for each office and a Lia Sophia necklace to each office manager. ~nm~
I gave a tin of toffee for each office and a Lia Sophia necklace to each office manager. ~nm~
Office politics. That is why I enjoy working at home. In the office,
people are in other people business. Just mind your own business.
Can anyone suggest an office in MQ that is not run like this Amherst office. They are absolutely
pathetic. I wonder how many other MTs are in that office in the same situation.
Just DQS from my office was transferred and the rest are getting on DQS before the office closes.
Pay kids work around office, renovate office.
Office 2003 so far, but going to Office 2007 as soon as I can. nm
30 day TAT in this office ... office politics at its best

I have kept in touch with an MT I worked with at the last in-house job (radiology).  This was inpatient radiology and also an outpatient radiology clinic the hospital operated.

One of the girls, a person who at one time folded towels but who was hired as a clerk, was just discovered to ahve not mailed out reports for 30 days.  These include both in house reports and outpatient reports.  They have been sitting on her desk because she "has not had time to do them." 

What do you make of this?   The lead MT is close to this girl (hence her being moved from housekeeper to clerk) and is trying to minimize the impact that not having the reports mailed to referring physicians' offices, as if it is a minor problem (how they found out about it is a doc's office called the MT's supervisor and asked why 30 days worth of reports were mailed to their office yesterday.

They were keeping it from the director of radiology.  I think this is BIG and that heads should roll for negligence.

What do you think?

at home vs office - i am in office
well, I really was referring to the MONSTER MANAGER that I have, who has her favorites here, and she assigns them the easy doctors who say the same thing over and over, you know.  I have to do something.  I am losing my SELF at this point, with no church and no family.  The stuff on here about running out of work, my lack of computer savvy, all  has me just frozen. MOre about in-office.  Do you have little habits like talking out loud to the dr?  Someone will complain about you.  Do you ever say a cussword?  Someone will complain.  Do you ever sigh?  Complaints.  About age - I was offered 2 trans. positoins in San Diego before I came here.  I had gone to a seminar about how to look for work over age 55, had revamped my resume and my "presenting" self, and it made all the difference.  Things are way different than they were evern 10 years ago, you will be judged by someone younger than you, but in this line of work they do appreciate experience and reliability.  And the computer doesn't care if you're pretty.  It's not your age unless you are sickly.  Don't give up!!  if that's what you want. 
What office are you out of
and how long you been there?
not with every MQ office
It is on the list of "dangerous abbreviations" and is to be coverted to mL.
all along with the ATL office also
and just now trying to enforce all of the sudden. I have only met quota a handful of times since starting DQS over a year ago. NOTHING has ever been said to me directly. Even contacted the office numerous times concerning this and just get blew off. So frustrated!!
Is this every MQ office?
I have been with them 8 years and I have not seen or heard anything about a check other than on this board.
my office

My office is also my study room.  It is lovely with a nice corner-style desk.  I have a nice music set-up with cd changer, etc. and a nice sofa with a really pretty pine cabinet that holds all my extra "stuff".  I have nice wall grouplngs with pictures of the grandkids and other things that make me happy on the shelves that are amongst the photos.  It has a large window looking out to the front yard and a ceiling fan for a breeze. 

 I have another picture that I picked up at a yard sale last week that I also want to put up.  It's a neat and quite large original pastel that looks like something you's see on Antiques Roadshow.  In fact, if they ever come to my town I'll take it in and hope it's a treasure.

which office?
what region are you in and did you have to ask for it if you don't mind telling?

For tax purposes I have my own office.  Also helps me to be able to "go to the office" and shut the door when not working as it seems I get more done this way.  It might be small 8 x 8 or so but is large enough.  I also will not keep any of our household finances in my office -- strictly for work related items only -- others are kept in a small office in the spare bedroom.   That way I do not feel I am at work "all day long."   But that is just me.  Still work in sweats the first few hours, start to work within 15 minutes of getting up with coffee.  Tried the other way with office in spare bedroom or living room and just did not work as I felt that the work was always there with me.    Patti 




I have my office,
Not in my office
If you hang up or get cut off for some reason, you go back to the report you left off with.  OP, can you tell us which office?  I am in Chicago and hope it's here.  I get stuck doing all of the ESLs and 20+ minute reports too.    
why not ask? if you were in an office,
would you ask your friends there their thoughts/opinions?
What does your office look like?

Redecorating my home office..Maybe a newer/nicer surrounding can get me more motivated.. going kind of retro decor.. what does your work environment look like?  Just curious..

Mine is in an extra bedroom (converted to office).  Working very well for me.  Away from distractions, can close door if I need to.   
I started off in the bedroom, moved to the dining room, then as our family expanded from 2 to 4 kids, I divided the dining room in half (It was huge! Have sat 27 people down at one time, the largest room in the house), had walls built and what do you know, I know have my own space!  With a door and a window!  My two older kids are in their teens and I have been finishing the basement and moving them down there.  I thought about going down there myself, but I like my little office and I can hear the little ones and the window leads right to the backyard too.  Nice and peaceful!  But it wasn't always that way!
The last job I had in an office the office..sm
manager seemed to think we would not see this take over for a long, long time and that many were trying it and going back to using transcriptionists. Let the doc know you will be happy to help him out should he decide it is not working out for him. I am so sorry for you, hang in there.
office pet
Awww - thanks for sharing the photo of your kitty and in reading your "blog" thanks for reminding me why I enjoy working at home so much.
Office Pet

I hope this link works.  I wanted to show you who keeps me company every day while I transcribe--unless she runs off to sleep half the day, which I wish I could do!!!  When she's not around, the birds visit the feeders in the window.



Does it actually ask you about one office or is it about
My office--sm
Spare bedroom. The second boy moved out and I grabbed it. Big enough for my L-shaped desk parked right next to the window so I can catch a breeze and peek outside. Just outside the window I have my flower garden with my giant pink hibiscus and sunflowers, all in bloom at the moment. I have a shepherd's hook with two hangers for birdseed.  I painted the room blue and stuffed the closet with my computer junk and have some of those plastic take apart, put together shelves that I have sitting around for odds and ends, coffe pot, etc. My bookcase is in the corner.  The dog's pillow is under the desk. Quite cozy since I spend the majority of my life in here!  I also keep 2 of those plastic stackable drawer sets right under the desk to my left for my most used reference books and keep the receipts in the drawers.  Quite handy. 
We had a day like that at my office, too!
We always have trouble with the faxing console working properly, but today, out of the blue, it started faxing random OLD reports INSTEAD of the reports it was supposed to fax.

We blamed it on the software company having a wacked product (which they do), but maybe there was a full moon last night.
I have 2. One from Office Max and one
I ordered on paperclippy.com.

The tote from paperclippy is big and allows the foot pedal, headset, etc.

The slimline from Office Max is really cute but trim and slim and I only carry power cord in it.

During the winter my office is in a spare basement bedroom, during the summer I have a folding portable desk I use in the main living area as I have my granddaughter daily and we feel we are more "together" than nana being downstairs.
I have an office to myself
When we moved I refused to live without one. It is huge and I have a place to be in "work mode". I will never not have my own office. :)
Every office is different
I have four offices that use the sticky paper for chart notes.  If I were to use one page per patient, my goodness their already fat chart would be twice as large.  Sorry but they pay my invoice, no questions asked, on time, and have never said anything when I increased prices, do not look elsewhere and if they want sticky paper used, cut apart -- I will do it.   As for my surgeons, the girls would go nuts printing off the letters/consults as they are sometimes 4 pages long.  I make one file per day with all the patients and if and when I have to locate a patient have it up within a minute or two if I know the date of service, if not doing a name search takes must a minute also.   I also have the daily schedules for follow up. I do not charge for reprints as it is usually only one or two that I have to provide per month.  My office gals are busy enough without doing this on top of everything else that they do.  Like I have said many times (knock on wood) in the 6, 9 and 18 years that my clinics have been with me they have never even looked elsewhere for cheaper work and have been very loyal.  So I will keep on providing as they wish and not rock the boat that pays my bills and is supplementing my retirement fund.     
Not just an office - most of their MT's & other
Not good.
Every dr. office I have ever been in has
a sign-in sheet. Names are not confidential in settings like that, only the reason you are there.
Ohio office
If you mean the Columbus office, not good. Ran out of work repeatedly even though had backup accounts. Was told to assure work, could switch to evenings and weekends, so I quit.
you oughta get an in-office job. - Sorry,
Our office just started it. Not sure yet how it will go.
I sure wish I worked in your office!
We hardly ever get an update, we run out of work, we never get answers to our questions, raises are few and far between.... its definitely an office to office, management to management thing! I hope MQ management reads some of these posts and get ideas on how they could make their office better and happier!
I had to make my own office! sm

Enough was enough!  I did this for 6 months out in an "alcove" type thing in the living room that used to be a small bedroom, but the former owners were retired and took the walls down to make the living room bigger.

Two teenage boys and a 10-year-old girl who were so happy to have me home, but then figured that I was available at anytime.  We set my 10-year-old up in the "alcove" thing and bought some office walls so she can have some privacy.  I took her former bedroom so that I can lock the door. 

If I'm working and trying to meet a deadline, I tell them, "If it's REALLY important, call me on my cell phone, just like you would call me at my old office."  Do NOT call me to tell me you're bored.

It's actually worked very well and I love the flexibility to be able to work part of the day, go do stuff, and then work a few more hours at night when the little one has settled in for the night.

We're working on putting the real walls back up in the "alcove" but for now my daughter (and her friends) think it is the "coolest room on earth." Besides, it costs money, so I guess I better get my butt back to work.

Which office are you working for.

ask your office manager.
I want to say it was the Ohio office but I can't
promise. That was back at the beginning of the year and I didn't take the job. I talked to people at 2 different offices.
Office politics. SM

There was a lot of that before I became an MT.  Maybe I was just lucky, after I went into MT we were on a great incentive plan and were highly competitive, I don't think we had time to gossip and backstab. I know what you mean though, I have had those jobs.

Have you been to the welfare office?

There are programs out there.  Forget about pride, everyone needs a hand up now and then.  You'll be able to "pay it forward" some day.  There are housing, utility, job placement, telephone, foodstamps, medical, TANF, WIC, and other programs out there.  The Salvation Army and other places donate clothing and household goods.  Check to see if there's a YWCA women's shelter, or have you already?  Your assigned caseworker will be able to help you with all of it.  They know what's out there and what you can use.

If your husband is mentally ill, he should be able to collect SSDI.  Your father should be able to qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, and home health care.  Honestly, you need to stop giving to others so much.  You and your kids are your very first priority.  You can do this.  You're strong enough to raise your kids.  Find a place for you and the kids.  You'll qualify for more without the husband in the household.  This is only temporary.  It doesn't mean the relationship is over.  It just means that you and your children come first.  You are a good mother, and you know it.  You need to get yourself and the kids established with housing, food, and a job for you.  Set some boundaries.  You can't help other people if it ultimately ruins you and your children.  That is giving way too much of yourself.  Whatever you do, hang on to those kids for dear life.  You love them so much, and you can do this for them.  Things will get better, I promise you that.  {{{{hugs}}}}

office transfer
I have heard of employees changing offices. I agree about DocQScribe and line count issues, but after trying a couple other companies out I decided it wasn't so bad after all. Good Luck!!
Not in my office, but just goes to show you that nothing is
What MQ office do you work for?
I have over 25+ years experience and have been with MQ since 1997.  I sure am not getting 9.5 cents a line!  I had to fight to get the tiny raise I did get.  What's your secret for getting the 9.5 cents??? 
I'd be right in the managers office. That's just not right.