TECHNOLOGY – APRIL 11, 2014 3:02AM

Amazon has moved to hire thousands of additional workers at its warehouses across the U.S.

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In his annual letter to shareholders (publicly released on April 10), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed a program called “Pay to Quit” in which the company offers to pay its warehouse staff up to $5,000 to quit their job. “We hope they don’t take the offer,” Bezos claimed.

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“Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit… Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.”JEFF BEZOS, AMAZON CEO

Bezos credited Zappos, which Amazon acquired in July 2009, for devising the program.

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Amazon in the past several months has announced plans to hire several thousand workers at warehouse in states like Washington, Kansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Amazon has said that it has added more than 40,000 full-time jobs throughout the company since September 2008.