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As companies struggle to hire and retain employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a CEO is seeking a unique way to attract top talent by offering $5,000 to leave a job after two weeks at the company. Using the business model.

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Chris Ronzio is the CEO of Trainual, an Arizona-based software company that helps small businesses onboard, train and scale teams. Ronzio said the company implemented a $5,000 incentive that was initially set at $2,500.

“We’ve been doing this since May of 2020. So, the story goes, we have an engineer and a developer starting out and five days into their job they told us, ‘You know I think it’s not the right fit’ ‘It was not the right role and I had other offers so I would love to go back and take those offers.’ And we said OK, no hard feelings,” Rongio said.

“But then I started thinking about how many other guys in training get to that point and then just say nothing,” Ronzio continued. “And so we thought that instead of leaving people in three months, six months, when we’ve invested a lot in them, let’s accelerate it and give everyone a chance to double opt-in and say yes this is the company.” “This is the role I want so much that I refuse the money. So it started at $2,500 and we recently updated it to $5,000 because no one has taken the offer yet.”

In this illustration, hands are seen counting 100 US dollar bills. (Photo illustration by Valera Golovniev / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

According to FOX4 News, The country’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in December 2021a pandemic low, even as employers added 199,000 jobs, evidence they are struggling to fill jobs with many Americans reluctant to work.

Ronzio said there are more opportunities for employees to find jobs based on the market. By paying a new $5,000 hire, he said, it’s the equivalent of a salary replacement for a few weeks, so the new employee at Trenual can take the money and leave to find another job, he said.

Economists have warned that Job growth may slow in January and possibly February due to Omicron caseswhich has forced millions of newly infected workers to stay home and quarantine. According to FOX4, the economy is still short of about 3.6 million jobs from its pre-pandemic levels.

According to Ronzio, the $5,000 stimulus will remain in place for some time but there is a possibility that the amount could increase.

“For us it’s just setting the bar higher and higher. Imagine if you turned down $20,000 or $50,000. I feel like that would be such a testament to a culture that doesn’t take a job. Great place, so we can raise it again,” Ronzio said.

Rongio said applicants sent him a direct message from their Venmo handle asking if they could skip the application process and receive money directly. He acknowledged that getting quality employees based on the market is competitive as companies face challenges of hiring and retaining workers based on factors including salary and company culture.

“People are getting 10-15 offers and just like years ago it was difficult for employers to pay one-on-one attention to everyone when they weren’t making an offer,” Ronzio said. “It’s tough for employees when they’re getting all these offers to communicate back for every opportunity.”

“So the tide has turned a little bit. I think it’s a really great market. It’s great for companies that have turnover issues, why exactly? Culture and then it’s a great one for those people.” Opportunities that are in the workforce are like, ‘Is this really a job I’m happy with, is that what I want?’ It’s positive pressure on everyone. It’s uncomfortable when it’s shaking but I think it will give people better jobs, jobs they really want and it will result in pressure on companies to create better cultures ”

Companies posted a record number of open jobs in 2021 and offered increasingly high salaries to try to find and keep workers. Last year hailed as one of the best years for American workers in decades.

FOX4 News contributed to this story. This story is from Washington, DC. was reported from