I suppose if you keep your expectations low, than people may surprise you. Expect something, set the bar, you will mostly be disappointed.
I find myself enjoying Twitter more and more lately. When Elon purchased Twitter, the crazies went crazy and demanded certain things, encouraged mass walkouts, told the world Twitter would die — and yet here we are, with more active daily Twitter interactions than ever before, with ~80% of the workforce gone.
I’m not going to say I enjoy that people are out of a job, but I’m also in the technical space and realize that those folks (if qualified) can find employment on almost every street corner in modern day America. Sure, if you live in North Dakota or somewhere else remote, your options may be limited — but there are just as many companies that are hiring folks today with the expectation of remote work.
A certain subset of the population tend to believe that employment and “employment conditions” (quiet rooms, bean bag chairs, free lunch, unlimited snacks, etc.) are a “right” in the workplace. This is not factual and honestly isn’t sustainable. If companies spend millions and millions of dollars ensuring their employees are “extra comfortable”, the customer (all of us) are making the premium. Where I’m at in life, and most of us are probably, I don’t want to pay extra money for your software or could services so you can feed the developers steak for lunch everyday. Sure, these decisions are up to the management of these companies, but you are seeing tighter and tighter margins as more and more companies compete. All of these services will be suspended or go away and we will constantly read about the “working environments” being a key reason why engineers/developers are jumping ship and moving to company B.
If you’re a hermit, then you may not have heard or read about the FTX crypto exchange catastrophe. A company worth $60B and had major support from the likes of Steph Curry, Tom Brady and many more; has now filed for bankruptcy protection and is worth nothing. $60B to nothing in one day, it is truly impressive.
It’s not impressive to the folks who lost their livelihoods by entrusting their hard earned money into the hands of “crypto geniuses”. I think for me its the reasonableness test. Does a company, spearheaded by a Sam Bankman-Fried (look him up) and based in the Bahamas, sound legit? The legitimacy of a company, in my estimation, was only solidified when the likes of the U.S based celebrities started endorsing (See class-action lawsuits already filed in Kansas).