HP's new CEO looks for advice from employees

HP's new CEO Meg Whitman wasted no time in contacting the employees of the company she is now in charge of. News.com reports that in an email sent to all HP team members, Whitman asked them for advice. The email said, "We want to hear directly from you. Good ideas come from everyone, so please send any thoughts you would like to share to employee survey."

The employee email, which was co-authored by HP's new executive chairman Ray Lane, said that while the new change in Hp's leadership was a "difficult decision" it added that the executive team is confident that it can reach its goals for the sake of its customers and stockholders. The email added, "A top priority for us will be to refocus the energy of the organization on our mission and on the performance necessary to accomplish it. We need you to be the ambassadors of HP and work both collaboratively and effectively to usher HP into the future. To reach that goal, we need your best work and a focus on execution."

HP has previously said it was considering a plan to spin off its big HP business and even with Whitman on board as the new CEO that idea is apparently still on the table. But according to a new article at Digitimes a number of the companies that supply parts for HP's PCs are considering switching to other PC makers like Dell, Acer and others if HP makes that decision official. The report claims that those manufacturing partners would reconsider those plans if HP calls off plans to spin off the PC unit.

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No way!!

What business actually listens to anything employees say!! I mean, what could they possibly know?

The main thing you should've said TsarNikky, was how about not putting so much bloated, worthless crap on their computers!

cork1958 said,
No way!!

You are absolutely right. Now that I think back, there was so much bloatware attached with my high-end scanner and printer. Then, when Windows-7 came out and NO DRIVERS were available for the scanner. The printer, eventually, after about one year, came out with updated drivers. Anyway, having been screwed twice, me and my company are moving over to Canon. Can't afford H-P's games.

The main thing you should've said TsarNikky, was how about not putting so much bloated, worthless crap on their computers!

How about asking former users (and soon to be, in my case) why they left HP for other vendors? Does lack of drivers for next the version of Windows come to mind? Does lack of a usable web site for downloads come to mind? Does a lack of a responsive reply to letters mailed to the CEO come to mind? The list goes on and on.
Remember, employees will think about their butt first, before company.

KingCrimson said,
Fire the HP board, oh wait can't do that!

Well technically shareholders could do it.

They should have listened to Walter Hewlett who was against hiring Carly Fiorina, an idiot that started the destruction of HP and in spite of that left with tens of millions as a parachute check. After that it just got worse and worse.

Looks to me like Apotheker was doing everything the board wanted. They hired a software guy and he was doing what they wanted. Just sounds like he lacked the finesse to do it without causing a major PR disaster and causing everyone (customers, suppliers, etc) to wonder what in the world they were doing.

So they get a replacement and the response is Apotheker was doing everything right, they just needed a better people-person to explain the benefits.

Probably explains more why Hurd was pushed out, the board wanted to drastically change the company and Hurd wasn't on board.

As others have stated... time for the shareholders to get a new board. I just don't know what HP's voting stock looks like (mostly owned by a select few?).

nstuff said,
Looks to me like Apotheker was doing everything the board wanted. They hired a software guy and he was doing what they wanted. Just sounds like he lacked the finesse to do it without causing a major PR disaster and causing everyone (customers, suppliers, etc) to wonder what in the world they were doing.

So they get a replacement and the response is Apotheker was doing everything right, they just needed a better people-person to explain the benefits.

Probably explains more why Hurd was pushed out, the board wanted to drastically change the company and Hurd wasn't on board.

As others have stated... time for the shareholders to get a new board. I just don't know what HP's voting stock looks like (mostly owned by a select few?).

All of HP's shareholders may vote by proxy or in-person according to their corporate rules. Options holders may not vote until the options are converted into actual stocks.

M_Lyons10 said,
Here's my advice: "spin off the board..."

The stockholders need to kill them and eat their hearts. That's the only way to stop this madness.