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Amazon Offers Worker $5,000 to Quit

Amazon Offers Worker $5,000 to Quit
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By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 12:42 PM

Amazon is reportedly offering workers up to $5,000 to quit their full-time and part-time hourly jobs in the company's warehouses and customer service centers, The Atlantic reported Wednesday.

Unhappy full-time employees could get from $2,000 to $5,000 to leave, depending on how long they have been with Amazon, The Atlantic said.

"We believe staying somewhere you don't want to be isn't healthy for our employees or for the company," Ashley Robinson, an Amazon representative, told The Atlantic in a statement.

The pay-to-leave idea started with the online shoe retailer Zappos, which Amazon purchased in 2009, The Atlantic said. There is one catch – associates who take the money and run must agree to never work for Amazon again.

The Atlantic wrote that some Amazon warehouse employees have reportedly complained in the past that they feel pressured to work harder and faster in physically and psychologically grueling jobs.

Amazon's policy to pay employees to quit was first made public in 2004, CBS News reported.

"We know that for some of our fulfillment center employees, Amazon will be a career," Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon said in a letter to stockholders in 2014, per CBS News. "For others, Amazon might be a stepping stone on the way to a job somewhere else — a job that may require new skills. If the right training can make the difference, we want to help."

Bezos said in the letter that in the long run, he wants employees to stay in their jobs, according to The Tennessean.

"The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want," Bezos said in the letter, The Tennessean wrote.

Katherine Milkman, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, told The Atlantic that such an offer could possibly help workers reengage with their job.

"I think companies are recognizing that there's a lot to be learned from research about how to build smart incentive systems and use behavioral science to design tools that aren't just cash," Milkman told The Atlantic.

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