a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I didn't intend

to go this long between postings, but I did.  I have a post ready to go, but I have to take pictures to accompany it and I haven't gotten around to that yet. 

I'll blame work.  Sounds like a good thing to blame, don't you agree? If you remember, a few months back (August) I got switched to a different account. About 4 weeks ago, I got switched to another account.  Grrr...... Its hard to get switched to different accounts because you have to learn new dictators, learn new account specifics, etc., and your line count goes down and if you are paid on production, like I'm paid on production, line counts matter.  But this was a unique opportunity in that no matter what I produced in lines, I would be paid my PTO (paid time off) rate if it was higher than my production.  They set the PTO rate based on production over a period of time and that's what they pay you for time off, down time, etc. 

Its not a bad account except there's a lot of English as Second Language (ESL) doctors with terrible accents.  My weakness with ESL doctors are Middle Eastern doctors and there are lots of them on this account. Some talk in monotone at barely a whisper, hard to understand. I'm muddling through.

Then there has been a low work volume so I'm not getting in my full 8 hours of work in the full 8 hours I am supposed to work. There are no jobs available. I have 2 options, try to make up the hours on the same day I run out of work or take the time as PTO (biting into my bank of PTO hours). Most days when I can I try to make up the time so it has me sitting at the computer waiting for work to trickle in slowly and not always surely.  Sometimes 12 hours trying to get 8 hours in. Its a terrible system but its the system they have set in place, so one abides with it if one remains employed by them.

So its been a pretty stressful few short weeks. Thus no motivation to take pictures and put up that really cute blog post I had written (at least it is pretty cute to me, you will be the judge). It will happen, when, I'm not sure.

As I'm waiting around for work to come in, I am looking at what jobs are out there that I might qualify for or that I might be interested in.  I'll be 60 on my next birthday, so I really don't want to retrain for something.  I was hoping to limp through this career until I was ready to retire, but I'm thinking that will not be the case.  

I'm also finding lots of good recipes.  Tons of recipe sites out there.  I enjoy watching the videos on how the meals are prepared and have been printing a lot of recipes to try over the next few weeks.  

So I'll post again soon.  Not sure how soon, but soon.

And that's a wrap.

(It might sound like I'm depressed; I'm not really depressed, more like frustrated. We never really hear a reason why work is low, they seem to give us answers to placate us. I like to work, don't mind working, I just want to be productive in the 8 hours I'm assigned to work and not being able to do that has been a bit challenging. Hubby and me have already tightened up the budget so we won't be hurting financially with changes that could occur with the job over time, its just frustrating that a career that once was highly valued, respected, and well compensated has been basically run to the ground with technology. There are other such careers I'm sure, but I never thought in my life time this would be one of them).

37 comments:

baili said...

your writing are always meaningful to me my friend.
i hope you find some interesting job to utilize your 8 hours as you said so .
i found this post very nice and did not miss the pic at all.
take care and stay positive dear ,all will be good

Sally said...

Oh I can relate being a freelance transcriptionist - it's either feast or famine, drought or deluge. Luckily my earnings are a bonus and not relied on for bills etc. Many people think they can 'type' without having the training - we just have to wait for the powers that be to realise they are relinquishing quality. Good luck.

Bijoux said...

My oldest daughter is an RN and as many times as she explains the rules of PTO to me, I never understand them!

Pat Hatt said...

Ugg can sure stink when you just have to sit there and sit there and wait. Rather be productive any day than sit and be bored while waiting. Stinks that technology has taken many away, but that's so called progress I guess, pfft.

Saleslady371 said...

I can certainly understand your frustration! I went through that when the last administration took over and the economy dipped so bad. I wasn't ready to retire selling mfd. homes, but too many hours wasted in between customers. People stopped buying homes. I hope things turn around for you since you like your work. You are very faithful to your blogging friends and it was nice of you to let us know your status.

Maria Zannini said...

My Achilles heel is having to wait around for something to do.

re: dictation
I was listening to my doctor dictate something into his machine. He spoke normally to us but once he started dictating it was all mumbles and slurred words. I don't know how transcriptionists cope.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

This has to be very frustrating for you. They say when one door closes another opens. Hopefully that will be the way with you too. Will say a little prayer for you. I can relate with tightening the budget. It's not that I work but that I have more expenses with the move and now not selling the old house. Hopefully it will sell soon.

SweetMarie said...

hope all is better soon! I'm still selling on ebay from home, but looking beyond ebay because it's not as profitable as it once was.

hope you enjoy your weekend.
hugs,
Marie

Mac n' Janet said...

That does sound frustrating! When I was at work I wanted to work, it made the time go faster. Hope it picks up for you.

Jimmy said...

I can't blame you for being frustrated, hopefully things will pick up soon and the monotone voices will change to a pleasant tone that is easy to understand.

It's good to see you Betty

Joanne said...

That all sounds quite frustrating indeed. Hang in there and I hope things kick into gear for you.

Veronica Lee said...

Hang in there, sweet lady. Praying for you.

Joy said...

hope your stress dies down and that you have fun whipping up some good recipes. Miss your bench posts ;)
- Joy @ The Joyous Living

Denise said...

Everything happens for a reason. You just have to figure out the reason.

Jerralea said...

When your post jumped up in my feed, I thought, "My it's been awhile since I heard from Betty! Hope all is okay with her."

I hate to hear of the job challenges ... Did I ever tell you I tried out medical transcription once? I stuck it out for a whole year but decided it was not for me. An ESL doctor proved my undoing!

Anyway, praying for you in your time of transition. Perhaps an exciting opportunity is around the corner!

Mevely317 said...

What a rotten turn of events! I agree, Middle Eastern doctors are often difficult to understand. I wonder why your company doesn't find Middle Eastern transcriptionists for those doctors .... and leave your accounts alone!

Then again, you might always self-promote to see what's out there. I'm reminded of what the author S.A.R.K. said she did when she first moved to San Francisco and begin job hunting. Her classified advertisement read, EXTRAORDINARY ____ (fill in the blank) looking for an EXTRAORDINARY opportunity.

Prayers!

Becky Sutherland said...

Praying for you.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Oh, Betty. I'm so sorry...I hear the frustration in your voice, and I completely relate. I need to find a new day job, and I don't want to retrain either...I will be praying you find the perfect fit for you.

TARYTERRE said...

This dry spell in your job situation must be frustrating for sure. Perhaps it will clear up . fingers are crossed for you. saying a little prayer.

Liz A. said...

Hmmm, interesting. Is there something you can do on the side you could add in? Something you'd love to do but hadn't had the time for before? If you focus on something new coming in rather than losing something, I'm sure a new opportunity will present itself.

jack69 said...

I always enjoy your comments on the transcribing. It is easy to see how it would be tough with the ESL doctors. You must be pretty good at it, or you wouldn't still be around. i do hope the frustration levels out some.

I enjoyed the read...

Paula Kaye said...

Betty I am so sorry to hear this about your job. Especially if you have been doing it for so long. I have tightened my budget up so much that I don't feel there is much more room for anything. With just Harley at home now there are a few more dollars (and I save so much at the grocery store using Clicklist..no impulse buying) but I hate not being able to do anything. I will say a prayer or two for your job to pick up!!

Intense Guy said...

Being hearing impaired,foreign accents are impossible for me to understand! Voice mails with them are replayed over and over to no avail. Yes, frustration is a good word for it!!

Victoria Zigler said...

I hope things improve for you soon, whether that be in your current job or with a new one.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You certainly have good reasons to be frustrated. I hope everything turns out well! It's hard to be productive when obstacles get in the way!

DMS said...

Sorry that works has been stressful. It can be hard to have change and it can be frustrating when we don't get answers for things at work. Hope things get better on the work front!!

Glad you are finding some good recipes. Always nice to try new things!

Here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend. :)
~Jess

Elizabeth said...

The beginning of your post sounds like mine today :) I do partially blame work as well. Sorry to hear that your job volume has been down. I hope that more work comes in for you or you find another, better job soon!

Linda said...

Sorry about the frustration. Change and not always for the better it seems. I resigned my part-time job April 1 after 25+ years, lots of changes at work and spending more time with family. I sure enjoyed the golden days of the photo page! Hope things improve in your industry. Take care!

Kat said...

It sound incredibly frustrating. And stressful. I hope the situation improves soon!

Hang in there!

Alicia said...

I say you take those recipes and add your own twist and turn this into a foodie blog! You never know, it might just take off! I of course would hate that because as much as I love food, I hate cooking!!! When I win the lottery my first hire will be a personal chef.

Currently at my job we have lost several Account Managers so I barely have time to go to the bathroom! But I would rather be busy than not. Hope things get better for you soon and you post your cute post. I'll look forward to it!

Ann Bennett said...

You can tell my dad was a union man with the way I think. But, it is unreasonable to make someone wait 12 hours to get 8 hours in. I would also like to see minimum wage raised to $15 an hour. I get tired of people saying someone flipping hamburgers do not deserve it. If the restaurant is decent, they should make enough profit to pay their workers a living wage.
I hope things improve for you. We are at that awkward age. I've left work long enough that I don't think I would be that great a teacher. I would let the kids get away with murder.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

What a bummer! I have a "similar" situation going on. I was laid off in Feb. Been looking almost entirely closer to home. If I've got to start over this close to retirement, I might as well have a shorter commute. So far, not that many jobs to apply for, the couple of interviews didn't turn into anything. Just trusting God has a plan for me.
Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

netablogs said...

Thanks for the update, Betty! It's really hard to sit and wait for work to trickle in. I waiver between accepting my job with it's tedious parts and wanting something entirely different. I'm thankful we don't depend solely on my income or we'd be hooped! I'm still hoping I'll find something else to do that will really excite me.. but not sure that's going to happen.. unless it's taking care of my soon to be born grandchild now and then ;) But that's not a job-- that will be a privilege! (and I won't be getting paid for that) :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I can imagine your frustration, waiting for work to come in would get me frustrated. I would imagine that technology has changed the lives of so many people over the years. That is sad :( Hoping things pick up for you. Debby

Nick Wilford said...

Hope your work issues improve or you manage to find something else that interests you. 12 hours to do 8 hours of work doesn't sound like fun at all!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Do you do medical transcription? I have a patient who does and she was saying the same thing about work not being as available as before. I wonder if it has to do with those automatic voice transcription programs and/or doctors entering notes directly into a computer or tablet when they are with the patient?

Thea O'Brian said...

I agree with the post before me. The last visit I made to the doctors office, which was recently, the doctor talked into a device to transcribe what he had done and prescribed. I am sorry to say this may be the reason why the work is so slow trickling in for you my friend. And I agree with you, starting something new when going on sixty is not what I would intend to do also. I am going on sixty this year myself. Things are tough right now for us as well and I have been trying to find something part time to help make ends meet. Most people like to hire the younger crowd so I am having a bit of trouble on that end plus where I am located doesn't help matters at all. Good luck to you.
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