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Riot Games is offering new unhappy staff cash to quit

Riot Games is offering new unhappy staff cash to quit

June 20, 2014 | By Mike Rose

June 20, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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League of Legends studio Riot Games is offering new staff the chance to quit with pay if they feel that they are mismatched with the company's culture.

Queue Dodge, as Riot Games is calling the initiative, allows staff who have been with the company for less than 60 days to leave with 10 percent of their annual salary.

"We dont want to actively push people out or dare them to leave," said the company in a blog post, "but we do want to provide a well-lit, safe exit path."

The idea is that if a staffer finds that they aren't well matched for the company, and they aren't enjoying themselves, then rather than stick around for the paycheck, they can get out, earn some money in the process, and find another job instead.

"If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, theyd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck," Riot explains. "Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. Weve designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way."

"We don't know yet how many people might choose to Queue Dodge," it adds, "but well learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result."

Riot said Queue Dodge was inspired by a similar initiative at online retailer Zappos, which in 2009 started paying employees $2,000 if they wanted to leave the company.


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