Data Entry is not a lot of fun and takes a level of focus that can produce eye strain, but you wouldn’t have the tangible results without it. Having easily accessible data can help you plan for tomorrow, next week, next month and next year.
A good database should be searchable and up to date, which usually means someone will have to input the data on a regular basis.
Some people groan when they find out data entry is part of their job description not mentioned in the interview or pre-hire paper work. I say don’t groan!
Truthfully, I don’t mind data entry. It’s easy to create a game and a goal since it is usually a long list. I have a number in my head I want to get to before the end of the hour or day. If I go over then I give myself bonus points.
It is also easy and tempting to rush through entering the information. I try really hard not to do this, no matter what. I know that having accurate data is more important than just having data.
How do you feel about data entry? Do you see it as an intern’s job?