Quitting for money

Pay-to-quit schemes offered by some U.S. firms may not be practical in Canada
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2014

Would you offer your employees money to quit? Every year, staff could have the option of taking a lump sum payment and leaving the company.

It’s an intriguing idea, one that Amazon and Zappos in the United States have embraced. Zappos offers new hires $2,000 to quit — though less than two per cent of its employees have accepted the offer.

“We really want everyone at Zappos to be here because they want to be and because they believe in the culture. If they know they don’t quite mesh with our culture, we don’t want them to feel stuck here, so we give them an option,” said the Zappos website.