“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.
FROM DENISEMPLS: I’ve been angry, heart-broken, and silent since the not guilty verdict was announced July 13. Frustration without action is dangerous. Finally, this Jamie Utt’s Change from Within blog offers actions all of us can take to move past our grief, and to do our part to create a society that values people of all colors.
In the days since George Zimmerman’s acquittal was announced, I have been at a loss for words. And perhaps that’s good. I have shared a lot of other people’s words, most of them feminist activists of Color, and in this time, perhaps those are the voices that most need to be heard. There is not much I can say right now, nor is there much I should say. Now is the time for people like me – people of race, class, and gender privilege – to listen.
As we listen and reflect, though, it is important that we are not simply get stuck in despair and inaction. Collection action toward justice is truly the only thing that will ensure the travesty of the death of Travon Martin (and the injustice in our “justice” system that it represents) is not lost or forgotten.