“Grunt work” is a term often used to describe the boring, meaningless tasks assigned to interns or entry-level employees. These tasks usually have nothing to do with the projects you were hired for, and can seem like they are a waste of your time and talents.
Common examples of office grunt work include alphabetizing and filing documents, unpacking or sorting supplies, getting coffee, data entry, and answering phones or covering the front desk while someone is on a break.
These tasks aren’t exciting, but they are not meaningless.
The next time a supervisor give you grunt work, say a silent “thank you.” You were just handed the opportunity to boost your career.