Our expert says:
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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