Re: [newtech-1] zappos quit

From: Andy
Sent on: Monday, March 30, 2009 2:57 PM
"losing" ... not "loosing."


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM, Dean Collins <[address removed]> wrote:

You���re missing the point. This is why you aren���t Zappos.

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A firing bonus of $2,000 will save you more in the future from this person loosing you business with a shitty Monday morning attitude etc.

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$2000 will make you money in the long run. My suggestion is last thing Friday on the first week of the job say,

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���The partners and I have been talking about it and we are excited for you to be here but we understand that you might not want to stay, if you want to leave I understand and to say thanks here is the cheque for your first week with a $2,000 bonus.

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If you come back on Monday bring the cheque and we���ll give you a different one without the $2000 extra, have a great weekend and hope to see you on Monday.���

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Like I said ��� you probably don���t have the cahonas and you wont do it���.but this is why you aren���t Zappos.

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Regards,

Dean Collins
Cognation Inc
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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of D.A. Gutierrez
Sent: Monday, March 30,[masked]:45 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] zappos quit

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Dean,
Funny you should ask at this time. My company's currently looking to hire an office admin who kicks major tail.

Thing is, it's not a regular office admin job. In this position, we used to have a mid-20s female who kicked major butt. She could do the most detailed spreadsheets, answer the phones, process orders, etc. .. but she also had absolutely no problem yelling at a bunch of sweaty warehouse guys to get them moving, helping us build servers if we were short staffed that day, or rolling up her sleeves and unloading a tractor trailer. (we're a small company and we all wear a lot of hats)

While we don't necessarily need someone with that much range on them (i.e. office work to technical work to warehouse work and everything in between) - it would be a blessing to find someone that doesn't have the "Well, it wasn't on the job description" attitude

Basically looking for someone who is passionate about their work and is just willing to pitch in and help wherever needed. Perhaps the same thing that Zappos is trying to do with this "firing bonus" -- except we are small and don't have that kind of money to throw around at the moment.

Does anyone have any experience on where you filter for this kind of skillset?

- Is it in the job ad?
- Is it in the interview?
- Is it in a "get to know you" trial period?

Dave

Dean Collins wrote:

How many of your team would take the ���zappos challenge��� money to leave your company if you offered it to them?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/3373798230/sizes/l/in/set-72157615703262704/

Regards,

Dean Collins
Cognation Inc
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