Zappos (and now Amazon) does one of the coolest things for new employees. It’s called “The Offer.”
A week or two into an employee’s training program, each new hire is offered one month’s salary…to quit.
The idea is that it helps to weed out people who don’t actually want to work at Zappos rather than waste a lot of time, resources, and energy into investing in them as an employee.
I was reminded of this a few days ago when I watched this College Humor video. It features a College Humor regular, Amir, on a hapless date.
As things are spiraling downwards, Amir pulls $500 out of his wallet and offers it to his date, saying it’s something he does for all of his dates. They can take the cash and leave, or reject it and stay, proving that they are interested in him. It’s the same thing as the Zappos offer (except more demeaning).
I wish it weren’t so demeaning, because I think it would be interesting to do something like that on a date (but with a little less money–$500 is a lot!). What do you think? How would you react if someone made such an offer to you (say, $100) on a first date?