Jeff Bezos recently announced a new Amazon staff policy (inspired by Zappos) called “Pay to Quit.”

“Once a year we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000… Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.”

That’s a win-win for everyone. Jeff is right on the “money,” as people who don’t want to stay need to leave. The math around their choosing to move on is equally as beneficial from a standpoint of the cost of termination or the impact of mediocre work over time. So how do you get those people who are not “on your bus” off and do it in an empowering and win-win way?

The Lesson

People who don’t want to be on the bus just slow it down. They cost you fuel, time, and energy. Leaders create opportunities for their people to make the right decisions for both the company and themselves. Read more about Zappos and Amazon’s approach, and then let me know what you think: renie@aspiremarketing.com.

Renie Cavallari

Renie is the CEO and Chief Instigating Officer of Aspire. She is an energetic trainer, strategist, speaker, author and leader who has delivered measurable results for businesses around the world over the past 20 years. +Renie Cavallari