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08 Aug 2011

What should I do?
I recently bought myself a brand new laptop which I use to work from home –  since I work from home twice a week. It was supposed to be my turn to get a new laptop at work, but management asked me whether they could rather give the laptop to someone else who doesn’ t have a laptop at home - on the condition that I’ d get a faster(but second-hand) desktop to replace my current one.

The only problem now is that the machine they wanted to replace mine with is lower spec than my current one! (ie. It’ s slower instead of faster). Now the only way for me to not be frustrated by a slow machine, is to bring my personal laptop to work and to use that. BUT then I have to pay travel insurance in case I get mugged or robbed –  out of my own pocket, while the company machines all have travel insurance paid for by the company. Plus I have to make the long slog(4km both ways) to and from the train station with a heavy laptop.

I really don’ t think this situation is fair but I don’ t know what to do about it because I gave them permission. What should I do?
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01 Jan 0001

Not, I suppose, strictly a psychiatric question, unless your laptop is VERY depressed about all this.
There was a verbal but binding contract between you and the company, that in return for not receiving the new work laptop ( but maybe you should be next in line, for the next one they buy ? ) you would use your own at home, and receive an upgrade on your desktop to a faster machine. Point out to them that this has not happened, and you have instead received a faulty and SLOWER desktop, which is not fair, and clearly not what had been agreed.
Point out that obviously your productivity will be severely reduced by this inferior machine, and that you can't afford to bring your own machine to work because of the extra cost of insuing it and the difficulty of carrying it all the way from the station. This should be a firm, assertive but pleasant conversation, reminding them of the agreement you reached so as to help them, and your concern to be able to maintain your best quality of work.
Like Jenni, I tend to wonder why they had this inferior extra desltop available, and wonder whether its previous recipient had refused to work on it. Whatever, you did NOT give permission for this unsatisfactory swop.
There, now, I hope your laptop is feeling a bit better
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