We went on a Team-Building activity this past weekend, payed by the company. There was a swimming pool there and a few of my coworkers thought it would be a good idea to pick people at random and throw them in the water.
I was one of the "victims", obviously, and I can't get upset about it since I do understand the entertainment factor that something like this provides.
The problem was that I had my smartphone in my pocket, a fact that I forgot to mention during those moments. It instantly died...
I immediately got out of the pool and got the phone out of my pocket. Everyone there saw this and acknowledged that the phone might be dead.
Now, obviously, it wasn't my colleagues's intentions to damage it, but something has to be done about it; after all, it wasn't a $50 phone... I don't have any insurrance or warranty for this phone, otherwise I wouldn't bother with the whole situation.
Some alcohol was consumed, but people were not drunk, they were just a little heated. The alcohol was not provided by the company, everyone bought their own.
Do I talk to my manager about it ? If yes, what should I ask for ? Should I ask that the company buy me a new phone ?
Or should I instead talk directly to my colleagues and try to leave management out of it ? The problem is that, due to the "heat of the moment", I don't remember with 100 % accuracy which colleagues were involved in this and I really don't want to wrongfully point fingers at people.
Who should I talk to ? And what exactly should I say ? I want to solve this but without damaging my relationship with the people involved.
I'm interested in solving my personal situation, obviously, but I would also like to see some general guidelines about how to approach such issues.
PS: I dried the phone as best as I could, I even let it stay covered in rice for about 48 hours. After a total of about 5 days it still doesn't work. I don't think it can be fixed with a cost that is smaller than a new phone...
To see how this situation was solved, hover over the box below:
I discussed with the coworkers involved and they paid in cash the equivalent of the phone's market value. I will use that cash to buy a new phone.