I work at a small startup company, comprised of mostly technical people. Our company is currently undergoing a tough time (we just had to lay off 3 people) and we're under a lot of pressure to finish off our product and start selling it. There are not many hands to work on it and a lot of work still to do.
One of my colleagues was hired by my boss to do 'research', as in investigate other avenues in which we can expand and make use of other types of technologies, hardware, etc. He knows little about our platform and has never done any work which has had any impact on our platform or resulted in anything useful.
I understand that it's not up to me what the focus of my colleague's work should be but it does not make sense to me to have someone working full time on these sorts of projects when we're in such a critical time, when we could direct more resources towards core activities. How can I bring up this issue with him?