League of Legends developer Riot Games this week rolled out an interesting new program that offers new hires cash to quit the company. Any new hire in North America can participate in the new Queue Dodge program during their first 60 days on the job, and are eligible to receive 10 percent of their annual salary to leave the company, up to $25,000. Why do this?
According to Riot, the Queue Dodge program gives employees a safe way out of the company if they don't enjoy Riot's unique studio culture. "If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they'd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck," Riot says in a post on the developer's website. "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."
But can't this be addressed during the new hire/onboarding process? Yes and no, Riot says.
"We carefully vet every new hire through a rigorous interview process, but that's not enough to ensure a great fit every single time," the company explained. "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."
Riot is not the first company to offer such a program. Online clothing company Zappos, which is owned by Amazon, launched a similar scheme all the way back in 2008.