Money for Nothing

Recently, I was visiting the blog “Clearly, You’re New Here” where I found a post about Zappos, the online shoe juggernaut. I like Zappos because they make it easy to search for vegan shoes, but also because they pay for shipping–even on returns, which makes the prospect of buying shoes online less risky.

Harvard Business Publishing Blogger Bill Taylor interviewed Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and learned about their Offer. New employees, after a month of working at the company (at full pay) are offered their month’s work pay plus $1,000 to quit. Because jobs at the high-growth company are demanding and the atmosphere is chaotic, if gratifying, the logic is that employees who don’t fit with the culture or who are not committed to the organization will take the money and run. The $1,000 is less expensive than the long-term costs of having an employee on the staff who fit poorly with the organization.

When I worked with Dr. Tsui, we primarily wrote about fit, and it is true that poor fit, on any number of dimensions, can provide negative consquences for the organization or work group, including low morale, decreased productivity, higher turnover intentions, and greater job dissatisfaction. However, ensuring fit can also weed out individuals who may have demographic differences (e.g., race, age, gender, religion).

Zappos’ policy is an interesting one, though, and a bold move to ensure the positive elements of fit for the organization.

HB Publishing Interview

Hidden Meaning of "Aimee"


What Aimee Means

You are usually the best at everything … you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It’s easy to get you excited… which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don’t stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don’t have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you’ll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.


Walk for Farm Animals 2008

All around the country, cities are hosting the annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit the wonderful residents of the Farm Sanctuary shelters as well as to provide funds for their rescue, advocacy, and education efforts. The Ithaca walk is on October 4. As we have in the past, George and I are walking, and I hope you will support us in our goal of raising money for the NPO that is closest to my heart.

Any amount is much appreciated, but I hope you will be as generous as you can. A $50 donation will pay for the feed and care of an abused chicken for five months! The Farm Sanctuary will be responsible stewards of your donation–they have a four star rating from Charity Navigator. Please visit my fundraising page at or click on the icon on my blog to make a donation!

Walter Gets Press

Last Sunday, Walter and I attended the Tompkins County SPCA PetFest and Dog Walk. A major fundraiser for the SPCA, the event had a fair with local animal organizations, veterinary clinics, groomers, and other vendors. Walter wore his very cool Eco Hoodie from Nurd Bunny. He was a big hit, especially among children. The representatives from Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Department thought Walter’s outfit was especially apropos for their booth! I sent Nurd Bunny some of Walter’s photos, and they were kind enough to put his picture in their gallery! (Nurd Bunny is great for handmade, one-of-a-kind pet clothes that are not too cutesy–perfect for a stud like Walter!) See all our pictures here.