Re: Is it Kosher to chat up future bosses/co-workers?

Subject: Re: Is it Kosher to chat up future bosses/co-workers?
From: Goober Writer <gooberwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 06:25:26 -0800 (PST)

> Would it be improper to seek out my
> likely-soon-to-be new
> co-workers for a little informal chatting about
> tools and
> working methods, before the deal goes through? Both
> the
> buyer and buyee are publicly traded companies.

You should ask your management about this, but this is
generally frowned upon. Until the deal is signed, you
should proceed with business as usual until the deal
is done.

> You can
> assume that no insider-trading knowledge is
> contemplated (none of it filters down to my cube)

Senior management will most likely not assume that.

> I really don't know. I've never been through the
> being-bought
> process before this summer, so I'm unclear on the
> etiquette and the proprieties (if any).

It's not your call. You need instruction from
management, with feedback from the "suits" in your
company. What may seem harmless to you could be
catastrophic to upper management, who may have plans
you are unaware of.

> Also, if it *is* kosher to have a wee chat with our
> soon-to-be's, would it be proper to seek them out
> via this
> list? If your web-site says you are about to merge
> with Rainbow,
> you know who you are. :-)

Tread carefully.

Goober Writer
(because life is too short to be inept)

"As soon as you hear the phrase "studies show",
immediately put a hand on your wallet and cover your groin."
-- Geoff Hart

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