Sounds crazy? Yes, we are baffled too. Riot Games announced Thursday that they are paying their new employees to quit.
In a program codenamed ?Queue Dodge?, the California-based company is offering new hires cash to quit. The program is open to all newly hired employees within North America during their first 60 days in the company. Should they choose to elect to Queue Dodge, they are to be paid 10% of their annual salary, up to $25,000. Not bad, right?
But why would they bother conducting a thorough interview process only to pay them off to quit? According to the news post, they ?carefully vet every new hire through a rigorous interview process, but that?s not enough to ensure a great fit every single time.? It seems that the company wants their new recruits to assess themselves if they feel that they are a right fit for the company. ?The company though explained that they ?don?t want to actively push people out or dare them to leave, but we do want a well-lit, safe exit path [for them].?
Additionally, it stated the company wants to reinforce Riot?s culture. They said they want to ?operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect.? Apparently, the program?s goal is designed to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way, the company explained. ?Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players,? the post added.
Backstop the hiring process. Rather than mismatches to aggravate, the company believes this will be a good solution for both the company and the employee. “We don’t know yet how many people might choose to Queue Dodge, but we?ll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result,” they said.
Surprisingly, this isn?t the first time news of this sort occurred. Back in 2009, Zappos, an American-based clothing company also announced they were paying their employees to quit. This seemingly inspired Riot Games to follow the steps of the customer-focused company. At that time, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was paying his employees $2,000 to quit. According to the news post, Hsieh explained that ?we want to make sure that [people] are here for more than just a paycheck. We want people that believe in our long term vision and want to be part of our culture.?
Riot Games is the developer of the widely popular MOBA game League of Legends.
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