Would You Leave Your Job for $5000?
According to CNBC, 78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. With more than three quarters of the working population stressing about how to make ends meet, there's not a lot of "choosing your career path" at a certain point. Sure at the beginning of your wage-earning adventure you've got a choice. You may even be able to switch jobs or quit a job on principal, but there comes a time when that kind of choice becomes a luxury you can't afford.
Not so fast there crippling realization - there are companies that will pay you to leave! That means, in some cases if a job isn't working for you - you have the resources to find another one and eat at the same time! Online retailer Zappos offered new hires a "get-out-of-job" card that allows potential second guessers a safe way out of the organization. According to WTVR, the "Graceful Leave Policy" becomes available to new employees about halfway through the 4 week training period and can be used anytime before the 90 day probationary period. The policy gives those wishing to leave the company an extra month's pay to help them ease into another job. For this type of benefit, Amazon (who purchased Zappos in 2006) offers their employees a paid exit every year. The first year, the retail giant's employees get an offer of $1000. The next year, $2000 - all the way up to $5000!
For the company, it gives them an opportunity to cull the herd (aka - cut out the employees that aren't the best for the company), and not bring down morale with a round of firings. It seems like a pretty good way to make sure everyone that works for your company wants to be there.