Do you periodically wake up on the wrong side of the bed, dreading the inevitable reality of having to go to work? If your company were to offer you a lot of money to quit your job, would you do it? Every year, workers at Amazon each receive a memo with the headline “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” And the offer is plain and simple: If you want to quit, they’ll pay you in cash to walk out the door and never come back. Employees in their first year are offered $2,000, and that number increases by $1,000 every year until it reaches a maximum $5,000 payout to those who decide to leave.
Mark Twain once said, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” According to a University of Toronto research study, it takes an average of 30 attempts to successfully quit smoking. ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures.’ is a well-known English expression that means extreme circumstances or problems necessitate extreme responses.