Originally Posted by aimeebell
It has a little to do with weight loss because sitting on your behind transcribing all day makes it more difficult to lose! LOL I know because I am a transcriptionist too. I went to school and got my associate degree in it. What a waste. I don't make enough money and I am bored out of my mind! I want to work in a hospital with people and benefits, but there aren't many opportunities in that area. I work from home contracting work from an outsourcing company and do reports for two major hospitals with many, many different dictators, few "normals", spotty work flow, and low ppl. The only good part is that I have done work for them for almost two years now and know the accounts well, so I have very little direction from management, and I like it that way.
There isn't much team work in transcribing. I remember when I toured a hospital transcription department, the manager said there is very little socializing, "nobody wants to stand at the water cooler and talk about your kids", everyone wants to pump those lines out and go home! So I am surprised your manager would lower your scores for that. That is the nature of the work.
It is funny that the manager would mark me down regarding the team member stuff. She also pointed out that I don't make sample reports, or do research on lingo to help the other girls and my only response was "it's not my job" (which, I can tell you, went over like a lead balloon). It's funny too because she's the same woman who, when I first got hired there 5 years ago, told me not to bother trying to organize a Secret Santa or a Christmas party because "we don't do stuff like that here. We don't come to work to worry about stuff like that."
I've also brought in cookies, donuts, candies, cupcakes, etc. throughout the years for everyone and 9 times out of 10 they go uneaten. So, it's not exactly like I haven't tried
to do the whole team spirit thing, it just doesn't go over well. I'm not without my faults, I spend far too long on the internet and I know that. In fact, she had received "many" e-mails from other girls complaining about it (which really annoyed me. I really hate tattlers because it's childish) and since then I have been actively working on improving my concentration. I have issues with focus throughout my life; both at work and at home. But since then, I have not made less than 90 minutes/night; going as high as 120 minutes a few times. Our quota for the day there is 80 minutes/night.
She also made note that when her and I shared a desk, I didn't keep it as tidy/clean as she liked. The last time we shared a desk was almost 3 years ago and since then, my desk has been pretty clean (no food/garbage left on it, dusted every week, etc). She said if she could give me a score lower than 1 (the lowest) in regards to a clean desk, she would. Which really irked me. I ended up taking all
of my stuff home that night (my cork board that I bought that had some important personal mementos on it, 2 small little Super Mario figurines, my tea cup that held my pens, and a sign that said something about it not being a good day and to take a number, with a picture of a grenade and a number tag attached lol). The coworker I now share a desk with (who is a friend outside of work) almost had a heart attack thinking I had quit (or been fired). When she asked the manager what was up, all the manager said was "her review did not go very well."
I didn't go into this job wanting a team environment. I went in because it was the only thing I could do at home at the time after high school while working for my mom's in-house day care and taking care of 99% of the other house hold duties upstairs including making dad's lunch, making sister's lunch, preparing dinner, doing the laundry, and general cleaning. This job doesn't require
you to talk to anyone unless you absolutely have to. It doesn't require that you "work together" on something because it's all individualized work. So, the whole issue of being on a team really just doesn't fit here.
The company I work for now (the one that this thread is about re: not being in training anymore) has me just at the one hospital but there are many, many doctors that work out of it in just about every imaginable discipline. The hospital I work at in house is very much the same; everything from emergency to palliative care, nuclear medicine, cardiology, etc.
The management so far in the past has been a lot of "we don't just want quantity, we want quality too" but then god help you if you don't consistently make that 80 minute/night quota. This manager tried to say that she really wants quality more so than quantity, but she's new to the position so I'll give her another 6 months before she starts demanding both. I'm not sure if it's just because she's stressed or because the dynamic of the relationship has changed, but since she became the manager, she's not the same. Or rarely the same.
Some people have told me that the best choice for me would be to work from home, and sometimes I really wish I could. But I know me, I'm distracted enough in the office, sitting at home for 8 hours a day would be impossible. I would get no work done! There would always be something more pressing that needed to be done. Plus, I do like the socialization at work so staying home would end up making me go stir crazy!
And ANother, this hospital does apparently! The hospital I work for in house doesn't; in fact, even if the doctors dictated "Dear Dr" and "Yours sincerely", if we put it in we are docked marks if that report makes it into our quarterly reviews. Some hospitals can be VERY nitpicky, and the interpretations of the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists Book of Style can be even more nitpicky. Where I am now in house, you're not allowed to use "cc" (ex: 10 cc of epinephrine) even if dictated, it must be changed to mL, even though both are acceptable in the AAMT BOS.
I applied for another job in the hospital, as a program clerk, and while I have been approved for an interview next week, I'm doubtful I'll get the job because I lack the program clerk course. And if I do
get the job, I'm scared that I won't succeed at it and I won't be able to go back to my transcription job (it's highly
unlikely I would be re-hired. There have been a few too many issues in the past 5 years; some of them entirely my fault, some of them b/c I'm a bit of an easy target; too friendly).
Life sucks; why couldn't I have been born a millionaire?