Paying people for being unhappy

Pretty amazing deal / offer / strategy at Amazon (via Business Insider)

Amazon will pay employees to quit. If you’re unhappy, you can get $2,000 after one year on the job to leave. It jumps by $1,000 each year, and tops out at $5,000. It borrowed this from Zappos. The idea is that Amazon doesn’t want people who don’t want to be there. 

it’s a nice idea and sounds cool from a PR point of view for them and Zappos alike, but I can’t help but feel that is a little like closing the door, with a wedge of cash, after the horse has bolted.

What about incentives and plans designed to keep people from make it all the way to being unhappy? A set-up that invites people with aspirations that are different to their job title to have access to career advice and to be supported on finding the right job. Try to make it so that anyone who leaves, leaves on good terms. That feels like a smarter concept than effectively being paid off for being pissed off