Lunch hours

As I’m settling down at HP, I’m realizing how critical lunch hours are in the industrial setting; atleast much more so than they are in academia. Its like high school all over again.

People mingle together, flock together. Groups are formed, loyalties are found. There’s gossip, there’s politics. Small little things that get said here and there turn up a few days later as major public announcements. You have to take care of what you say to whom, and always keep your eyes and ears open.

I don’t know what the numbers are, but it seems to me that a lot of the big stuff in a company—be it products or ideas or new recruits or other decisions—are made over innocuous lunches.

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