If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking a lot about making lists, setting goals and getting “stuff” done.

We do this at home and at work. 

Around the office – just like around the home – there are often thankless but important tasks that “keeps the trains leaving the station on time” for nonprofit organizations.

This “office work,” a phrase coined by Rosabeth Moss Kantor, points to the curiously damaging behavior we have at work that mirrors how chores are often done in our homes.

Who does the less glamorous tasks? Who does the tasks that get the most shine?  

More often than not office “chores” break along gender lines and then again along racial lines. When organizations aren’t intentional, the necessary but undervalued work that happens every day in the office is often relegated to women (and more largely women of color) while the work that is tied to strategic outcomes – glamour work – is assigned to men.

This checklist will help you take inventory of what kind of work needs to be done so that you can ensure that your “office work” is equitable and balanced.

Download the check list here >>

Start with yourself first. Look at this list at the beginning of each month and check it again at the end of the month to see where you end up.

  • 1-3 — I play my part, but I have balance.
  • 4-6 — Whoa, there’s a little too much on my plate.
  • 7-10 — Yikes, I need to put down this mop and bucket. I’m doing too much “office work.”

How many items did you check off a routine that was too much like “office work?”

Let us know in the comments below!

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE
Kishshana Palmer, is a uni-mom, trainer, educator, and professional speaker. She is the founder of Kishshana & Co. and author/blogger for “Secret Lives of Leaders”. When she is not starring in the Life of My Preteen (okay it’s not a real show, but it could be), she is dropping knowledge about leadership and life. Kishshana is the epitome of your classic 90's Queens homegirl and quintessential corner office executive. She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux