In my department at FirstEnergy, Corporate Communications, all of our job descriptions include, as the final official role, “Other duties as assigned.” We often use this as shorthand for whatever we’re working on at the time. Accordingly, the following questions all have the same answer:
Q. Why are you rummaging for quarters to feed parking meters?
Q. Why are you measuring the elevator doors?
Q. Why do you need a flame-resistant rain suit when you work on the 17th floor?
A. Other duties as assigned.
There are perfectly legitimate and often mundane answers for such questions, but the shorthand “other duties as assigned” usually works just fine.
FirstEnergy Storm Correspondent
So, while my job description doesn’t mention bucket trucks, downed wires or working outdoors in all weather, it also doesn’t exclude them. I also note it doesn’t promise warm offices or all-day access to coffee machines, restrooms or laptop computers with Internet access, either. “Other duties as assigned,” it would seem, covers just about everything – including being embedded with a line crew in storm mode, as they work long days in all weather to restore power – and normalcy – to our customers’ lives.