Some dismiss layoffs like this as testaments to carrier efficiency, the theory being that as carrier networks converge and more functions become automated, fewer folk are needed to push buttons, pinch bottoms, lob one-liners, and organize office betting pools.
Headcount has a different theory, even if nothing more than a ploy to cover for a poorly researched column intro: Carriers want people to spend more time with their families.
As proven by the stack of press releases on Headcount's desk, there's usually a nod toward the kinfolk when someone gets sacked, made redundant, or otherwise kicked to the curb.
While we wait for the country's divorce rate to fall, its SAT scores to rise, its column intros to improve (ahem!), and loads of other benefits to occur as a result of our industry's family focus, let's review some of the other hirings and firings of the past few days:
"I'm giving you a direct order get away from the plane before it explodes," Bauer was told on the eve of his departure. Oh, wait. That quote was from a tail gunner's survival story from World War II. Our apologies. Mr. Bauer's quote surely would have been more flattering, had we bothered to write it down.
Here are some of the other appointments and disappointments from the past several days:
- Finisar Buys Infineon Optics
- Ciena Cuts 1/4 of Staff
- C-COR Extinguishes Lantern
- Nortel Silent on Baffling Bonuses
- LuminentOIC Names Sales VP
- Foundry Poaches Force10 VP
- Marconi Appoints Non-Exec Director
- BT Names New OSS Boss
- BT Hires CIO From Qwest
- Alcatel Exec Takes Luminous Helm
- OTE Names New CEO
- Bay Micro Hires First CFO
- Nortel Names New Board Member
- Vulcan CEO Joins Charter Board
— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading