No, really. I insist.
March 13, 2014 9:12 PM Subscribe
I fucked up at work. I offered a favor back to the person who had to bear the brunt of my fuckuppery. I think they are declining out of politeness. I understand that impulse, but I still want to do
something to make things right, and have relatively few avenues where I can do that. Am I overlooking something? Am I overstepping (or risking overstepping) boundaries?
posted by kagredon to Work & Money (17 answers total)
I TA an intro science class. Among the responsibilities that TAs have for the course is proctoring exams. We do these in pairs or trios, such that each exam room has 40-80 people depending on room capacity and TA load. One such exam was tonight and I completely spaced it out. Put in the wrong date on my calendar and then got wrapped up in other stuff, then had a moment about an hour and a half after the exam ended when I said to myself "...wasn't there something I was supposed to do for genchem today?"
So. Unintentional-but-rather-complete fuck-up on my part. I emailed the TA who I was paired with to offer to cover one of her lab sections. Generally, in our department, lab trades are done on a fairly informal basis, but the expectation is that they're reciprocal; if you're anticipating you'll be out of town, you find someone who you can trade with, and if it winds up being an emergency "I absolutely can't make it to class for unanticipated reasons" situation, it's still courteous to try to find a later date where you can cover one of your sub's normally scheduled classes.
Anyway, the other TA emailed me back saying it was no problem. Which is probably what I would do in the same situation, but, still. I put her in a position where she had to deal with about 60 students without backup. That, to me, requires some rectification.
One complicating factor is that the midterm exams are 1 hour, while labs go for 3 (plus a 1-hour recitation beforehand.) There is one more 1-hour exam, as well as a 3-hour final, that we're also scheduled to jointly proctor. There's also one more week where there's no lab and just a 1-hour recitation. The last hour exam and the recitation-only week are both towards the end of the semester (i.e., not for another 6 weeks), so I will probably offer again to cover one of those closer to those dates. Are there other things I can/should do? Is this what fruit baskets are for, or would that be too weird (we're both graduate students; I'm senior to her in terms of years, but we work in separate labs so it's kind of moot. We don't interact regularly outside of teaching duties.)
(Note: I haven't spoken to the course instructor about this yet--he's left for the evening--but I plan to do so tomorrow morning.)