Video Game Company Pays New Employees $25K To Quit

Video Game Company Pays New Employees $25K To Quit
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Riot Games allows new hires 60 days to leave the job with part of their salary to ensure the best fit for their company.

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 27 june 2014

With the job market as difficult as it is, it often people have to decide staying at a job they hate to get by or quit and risk poverty. This hurts the employer as much as the employee, since it decreases productivity and morale. Riot Games, a California-based video game design company, has found a better solution they’ve called Queue Dodge where new employees can leave with a part of their salary.

While employers meticulously search for new employees to bring something more, it doesn’t necessarily mean the right person will mesh well with the rest of the team. Rather than keeping these disgruntled employee, Riot Games will pay them 10% of their annual salary, up to $25,000, if they leave within their first 60 days. That way the employee leaves with some financial padding and the employer can cut their loses and search for someone else.

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Appropriately enough, the term “queue dodge” comes from their own video game, an multiplayer online combat game called “League of Legends.” The basic concept is that it is when a player wants to leave a match in the game lobby, which will incur in-game penalties. In Riot Games announcement they emphasized this is not a punishment or an attempt to kick anyone out. They elaborated that the policy was put in place to assure both parties win in a less than ideal situation:

Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. We’ve designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way.

Riot Games is not the only company to use this as a business model. Both online retailers Amazon and Zappos offer the pay out program for their new employees, but in much smaller quantities than Riot Games doles out. Kudos to this game company who knows that the key to success is not how well you pay your employees, but how much money they turn down to keep working for you.

[h/t] The Daily Dot

Images: Chris Yunker

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