The Gig Economy, Sweatshop Mentality, Worker Misclassification, and You, Part 1

I was going to write about my disappointment with my “job” as general transcriptionist. A job which I can conveniently do from home. A job that I can pick my own hours, and days.

What I ended up with was a job that pays fractions of a penny per words. A job whose management does not have a standardized style guide, i.e., Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press, etc.. and the proofreaders send mixed messages on corrections without any consistencies. Time to move on.

Eligible for Fire

Ghost Writer Ghost writer, key word being ghost…

There’s a lot of talk these days about Uber, Lyft, and other companies providing so-called “independent contractors” opportunities for work.

It is being said this is all part of the so-called “new” gig economy.

I have news for you, kids. There is nothing “new” about any of this, as this practice has been going on for years, right under the radar. Yep, sweatshops are alive and well in America, and they’re handling your private health information and other data. Only you don’t know about it because they’re like ghosts, behind the scenes, unseen and unheard.

Welcome to the world of medical (and other types of) transcription, where years ago, hospitals (and other types of entities) decided it would save overhead to outsource their transcription to home-based workers, thereby resulting in increased profits.

Picture this: You are given an audio file dictated by an emergency room…

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4 responses to “The Gig Economy, Sweatshop Mentality, Worker Misclassification, and You, Part 1

  1. Like seems an ironic thing to click for this. Yes, it’s been going on for years. It’s a way to undo all the progress that was so hard fought for by unions for years. “Contractors” have no minimum wage, no protection under law, no health care, no nothing.

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    • Thanks, Marilyn, that is so true. Beyond that, if the company for which one is working has different standards depending upon the different proofreaders, I found it very difficult to maintain any one standard, not to mention some speakers who slur their words regularly.

      Meanwhile, looking forward to visiting one of my sons for a pleasure, and upon my return, working on flowerbeds and trimming trees. No matter what, I find my best balance while being in nature.

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  2. I hear you on the subjective standards, Swoosieque! Thank you so much for reblogging my post!

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