Amazon is offering its staff up to $ 5,000 to leave the company immediately, the so called " Pay to Quit" scheme (only available in the US to warehouse workers).
The principle behind it is apparently to encourage people to "take a moment and think about what they really want"which, according to Amazon CEO, is something only a small number of people do (take up the scheme).
When I first read the article I couldn't quite believe it. After reflection though I can see some points that deserve a mention:
Provided people are not forced to leave and there is a caveat whereby the company reserves the right to accept people participating in the scheme (you can't really stop people from resigning but you don't need to incentivise them either especially the ones possessing the most critical skills) it seems a frank way to deal with discontent: ultimately employees resign only when they are good and ready ($ 5,000 does not exactly give you a lot of breathing space if/when looking for another job).
It is a practice though that would/could only work in some countries from a cultural prospective, in others would create a backlash and more trouble that is worth.