7 Smart Ways to Trim Your Company's Budget

Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com
Henry Blackham
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Pay Employees to Quit

Midway through the first month of training, Tony Hsieh, CEO of the Las Vegas-based shoe-selling website Zappos.com, offers employees a $2,000 bonus so long as they quit the company. The goal? Hsieh wants to maximize the efficiency of payroll dollars by getting half-hearted workers to move on as swiftly as possible. "We want people here because they are passionate about customer service and because they like our culture," he says. "We don't want people who are just here for a paycheck." Zappos grossed a staggering $1 billion in revenue in 2008.