The new laptop did not cut it.
After a disappointing year, the new $1800 laptop the top sales person walked in the office and presented to you seemed like a strange gesture. As the sales person explained, you were one of only 8 people in the 600 employee company who was given the laptops. It was intended as a reward for being one of the top people in the company. You wanted to ask, however, why they did not just give you a cash bonus. In a year when your total salary and bonuses was less than it has been in any of the previous five years, a gifted laptop for your personal use falls short of what you need.
Walking out of the office that day with the new laptop under your arm, you felt even less guilty that you were interviewing with another company the next morning. After explaining to your director that