As Iâ€™m settling down at HP, Iâ€™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. Thereâ€™s gossip, thereâ€™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 donâ€™t know what the numbers are, but it seems to me that a lot of the big stuff in a companyâ€”be it products or ideas or new recruits or other decisionsâ€”are made over innocuous lunches.