​Riot Games pays workers to quit: Unhappy workers get $25k

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June 25, 2021

Riot Games pays unhappy workers to quit. Whether it be during the good times or the bad, it seems cheaper for the company to pay $25,000 for their workers to quit at Riot Games. The company makes the hugely popular PC game “League of Legends.”

“Rather than allow mismatches to fester, we want to resolve them quickly. This is good for the company, and good for the professional. … we’ll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result,” the company said in a blog post announcing the program.

The Riot Games payment for workers to quit essentially solves that long, dragged-out process that frequently occurs when managers suspect a new hire isn’t going to work out but it feels “too soon” to actually pull the trigger. For unhappy employees, it’s almost a dream come true. Who hasn’t sometimes wished they’d be paid to go away?

The offer has some minor qualifications. It’s only available to North America staff for now, and they have to elect to take the package within the first 60 days of employment. Staff who opt for it will get 10 percent of their salary up to $25,000. There is a hiring crunch in tech right now, and jobs for qualified programmers and developers can easily start in the six-figure range. Although, it would still be regarded as a huge error if RG had hired someone for around $250,000 and then lost that hire in the first two months.

“Now, we don’t want to actively push people out or dare them to leave, but we do want to provide a well-lit, safe exit path,” the company says. RG has more than 800 staff worldwide.

Two other companies famously have versions of Riot Games’ payment to force workers to quit. Zappos pays staff $2,000 if they want to quit and Amazon pays $5,000 if they want to quit, for pretty much the same reason: They don’t want people who are failing to drag down the business simply because they need a paycheck.