A super quick summary of where we are:
In Year 1 of my Tech Support position, I’d mostly adjusted to the routine and the politics of my software support job.
Then, in Year 2, I became better and faster, but at the same time the job stress started to increase.
This post finds me starting my third year of work in September of 2001. But before I get going with personal experiences, let’s take a step away from the tiny life of the human named livingafi and see what’s happening in Silicon Valley as a whole.
The NASDAQ composite index had reached a peak of 5,000 at the end of my first year in September of 2000 before it started to decline. It would eventually find its bottom around 1200 toward the end of Year 3, in October of 2002. Hundreds of tech companies went bust during these two years, shedding tens of thousands of terrific high-paying, upper-middle-class jobs.
Before landing my office gig, I would never have thought that the performance of a market index would have much, if anything, to do with day-to-day job satisfaction. It simply didn’t occur to me that one number would wield so much influence over day to day operations of companies, and subsequently employee happiness.
But it did. Let’s get into why, exactly, that is.
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