X is for the Unknown

Yes, I know that it’s sorta cheating to not actually come up with a word that starts with the letter ‘x’, but I looked and looked at words that start with x and they’re mostly scientific things and I don’t have the inclination to write about something scientific.  Of course, one other option would be xenophobia, but I don’t really feel like I want to cover that, either.

I think there is a lot of the unknown in working with new clients. Territory that is familiar (Admin tasks are similar no matter the industry) and unfamiliar (working within a new industry, learning new vocabulary, learning new systems).  And then when you add in something like my new client where there are lifestyle aspects, as well, it gets even more interesting. Especially when it’s lifestyle things that you have a peripheral understanding of but not a deep understanding.

And, here’s the thing… I am not 100% sure I even WANT to have a deep understanding of the whole philosophy. I just want to be able to do the work they want me to do and be able to ‘leave it at the office’ at the end of the day.  I don’t particularly see the reason for immersion when I should be able to adequately complete the work without having to change my whole lifestyle. There’s a line between understanding things philosophically and needing to subscribe to the mindset wholly and completely.  There are probably people who would argue that if you want to do a complete and thorough job, you need to buy in to whatever it is that you are doing.  But, I think that it is completely possible to be a good support staff person even if you don’t buy into the dogma of the client. I think that you definitely need to keep an open mind, but that you can do the job at hand without needing to totally transform your lifestyle.  If you happen to be in the market for a lifestyle change, that’s one thing. If you aren’t, I don’t think it should be required if you can do the job without making the change.

Your mileage may vary.