LOL: Riot offers new hires a pay-out to quit

To retain those after more than just money.

League of Legends maker Riot Games is offering newly hired staff 10 per cent of their salary if they quit. This Queue Dodge initiative hopes to weed out - in a positive way of course - those only after money, and to retain those there for something more.

Quick - apply and then quit! What do you mean that's now how it works?

"From the beginning we've focused on culture," wrote Riot on its website. "We operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect. If someone gags on the unique flavour of our culture, they'd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck.

"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.

"We carefully vet every new hire through a rigorous interview process, but that's not enough to ensure a great fit every single time," Riot added. "Rather than allow mismatches to fester, we want to resolve them quickly. This is good for the company, and good for the professional. We don't know yet how many people might choose to Queue Dodge, but we'll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result."

Queue Dodge is limited to the US for now and is capped at a $25,000 pay-out.

Online retailer Zappos put a similar idea into eye-catching effect several years ago. Amazon bought Zappos in 2009, and earlier this year announced a Pay to Quit programme of its own.

Slowly, it's catching on.

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