Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

When I first started my new job, I was assigned a Mac computer. Initially, I was extremely excited about this. I’ve been an avid Mac user for the better portion of my life and it is the same interface as what I use at home. However, I’ve been using a PC for work for my entire professional career. I’ve created systems for how I get my work done on the PC. And I’ve become strong at keyboard short cuts on the PC. These allow me to be more productive.

I decided to give the Mac computer a fair shot. I used it for the first three weeks on the job and realized it wasn’t for me. I have certain ways of being more productive while using a PC that just do not come on a Mac. At first I was hesitant to ask. I did not want to come across as the new guy who is high maintenance. But then I realized - that is not the case. If I am not able to be productive using a certain tool, then I am being a bad employee. Additionally, what do I care if someone views me as high maintenance?

So I asked for a new computer. Guess what happened? No one questioned my decision and I got a new computer. My concerns about being labeled as high maintenance, simply for asking for a different computer, never materialized. It was all in my head. I had no reason to be concerned.

Regardless of what you are looking for, don’t be afraid to ask. The answer is almost never as scary as you think it is.