» The layoffs follow a recent settlement between Olympus and former-CEO Michael Woodford, who sued the company for unfair-dismissal following his firing in October 2011. Woodford is responsible for unearthing massive investor losses by the company, $1.5 billion to be exact, and is expected to receive just over $15 million after settling the matter out of court. According to local media, Olympus plans to cut most of the 2,500 jobs from its camera-making division.
» So what about the remaining employees? No one is quite certain what plans CEO Meg Whitman has for the future of the company, though expectations are high considering her time as eBay’s chief executive. CareerBliss, a company with the stated goal of “helping you find happiness in the workplace”, says that employees have been less happy since Whitman became the company’s chief executive. Following reports of the layoffs, CareerBliss CEO and co-founder Heidi Golledge told Business Insider that honesty just might be the best policy. “This is a time for her and her team to be totally transparent,” said Golledge, adding, “HP employees need to be confident that the company has a future – and, just as importantly, that they have a future with it.”