Will the recession convince rank-and-file employees that a steady paycheck is more than enough? Are today's companies getting away with, as Willy Loman put it, eating the orange and throwing the peel away?
Headcount reminds you that a person is not a piece of fruit, and an apple may be liked, but not well liked... and we encourage your discussion of employee/management loyalty issues on the boards below.
And while you're getting juiced, we'll review some of the past week's most interesting hirings and (groan!) prunings:
About a year ago, Xtera did an about-face and went from supplying subsystems to makers of long-haul DWDM transport gear to making its own gear and competing against its former (well, prospective) customers. The company's products fall in that murky category of gear that carriers get excited about, but, for various reasons, refuse to buy (see Xtera's New Plan).
Meanwhile, Headcount would like to give a shout out to David and his wife Marie for their birth of their daughter. "Maya Alexandra, is now generally available as of the 30th of January at 10PM PST, a full quarter ahead of schedule," Ginsburg wrote in a mock press release announcing the birth. (Sigh! Marketing guy humor. What can we say? At least he didn't make a Star Trek joke.)
Here's a summary of other industry appointments (and disappointments) from the past several days:
— Phil Harvey and Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editors, Light Reading