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Apr 11, 2014 6:00 PM

Amazon offers employees up to $5,000 to quit

Dreaming of the moment you can say "I quit?"

Employees at Amazon may be tempted to do so. The internet retailer is offering to pay its warehouse employees thousands to leave their jobs.

At first employees looking to resign would be offered $2,000 to quit. The next year, the payout would increase to $3,000. It would rise each year until it caps out at $5,000.

The offer is for warehouse workers who pack and ship customer orders only. The announcement comes at an interesting time for Amazon. The company is actually building more warehouses and hiring workers.

So why is it trying to get people to quit?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that's not the goal. The offer is made under the headline "Please don't take this offer."

Amazon wants happy workers, Bezos said.

"The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want in the long run. Employees staying somewhere they don't want to be isn't healthy for the company," Bezos said In a recent letter to shareholders.

It's the old thinking that a happy worker is a more productive worker.

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