Work problem got moved to collegue, feel bad about it.
June 18, 2014 6:42 AM Subscribe
I wasn't happy with my work-issued laptop and mentioned this to my supervisor. He announced a switch, my collegue would get my laptop and I would get her new one, which is due to arrive next week. She is not happy with it either, but didn't protest. I feel bad about it. What to do?
posted by Triton to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I started this job a month ago, we are a small group of five people within a larger department. Usual policy is that new employees can choose which hardware they want to work with and it is ordered by the IT department. Until it arrives, we work with our private laptops. Our supervisor and the previous members of the team work with MacBooks and are quite happy with it. When I started, the supervisor offered me a spare MacBook which was still lying around and could be used immediately. I expressed my reluctance because I've never worked with Mac OS before and some specialist software doesn't run on it. However, I still agreed to try it. Today I ran into some difficulties and asked my supervisor how he had solved them with his MacBook. He remembered my initial dislike and announced a switch: The MacBook goes to the other colleague who started at the same time as me and I'm going to get the Linux laptop she picked out for herself, which is due to arrive next week. She (the colleague) seemed to be taken by surprise and didn't protest, but it was clear she was less than thrilled. What should I do now? I feel terrible about it, because the problem was just moved to someone else, who had even less to do with it. She told me not to worry about it and she would try to get the hang of it.
Should I ask to switch it back? Persuade the supervisor to order an additional laptop and put the MacBook back in storage?