I develop websites and run the online magazine for my company (just got hired three months ago), so I run not only development software and tech applications, but also Adobe software and other design applications all the time, usually multiple high-performance applications simultaneously. That means I need a very high-performance computer to work.
My company promised me a work computer, but it's been three months, and they still haven't approved me for one. I get it, a PC with 32 GB of RAM is not cheap. But in the meantime, they're making me use my personal Asus gaming laptop for work. I bought this baby for US$1300 a couple of years ago, and I really need it to last me for a while.
I sit at a long desk next to several other people, and I've seen many drinks spilled and things dropped already. That, and my company has already had one case of ransomware trying to take over our systems and that would've been very expensive to get rid of.
Is it reasonable to ask my employer for written confirmation that they'll pay for any damages to my personal laptop while using it for work? How should I go about asking? And what should I do if they say no?
UPDATE: ~15 Oct~ I took your advice and took a combination of actions. I first inquired about the progress of the request, and when there was zero progress being made I let my supervisor know all the possible risks the company has been taking with this unregulated BYOD policy. I then sent a calm, respectful email stating that in two weeks my personal device would become unavailable for use here unless fully insured by a written and agreed-upon BYOD policy (and I copied my boss's boss on the email). Go figure, after that it only took them about 6 days to provide me with a brand new XPS 8930 with more power than my laptop :) Thanks to everyone for the advice and helping me resolve this issue without it turning into a huge conflict!