Supposing someone is currently employed and just isn't a fit on the team and management offers him a generous severance if he resigns immediately, otherwise if he refuses to resign immediately it is highly likely, though not totally guaranteed, that he would be fired for poor performance shortly afterwards.

I had thought of this scenario as a Hobson's Choice: one can either take the severance or not, however Hobson's Choice doesn't include the almost-certain negative consequence of not taking the severance; it implies that not taking the offer leaves one in their original state.

As a kind-of Game Theory payout matrix (for 1 actor) I suppose it could be expressed as:

Hobson's Choice:

Option A: +10 // Take it
Option B:   0 // Leave it


Option A: -10 // Bad option 1
Option B: -10 // Bad option 2

This question

Option A: +10 // Severance
Option B: -10 // Be fired
  • Succinct or not, the situation might be described as "giving [the person] the chance to make a graceful exit."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 6:30

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How about a no-brainer?

From Wiktionary:

no-brainer ‎(plural no-brainers)

(informal) An easy or obvious conclusion, decision, solution, task, etc.; something requiring little or no thought.

If the newer version performs as well for half the cost, the decision is a no-brainer.

You can see that their example sentence uses almost identical reasoning to that expressed in your question.


This question is more along the lines of

Option A: +5   //severance 

Option B: -10  //fired 

Consider "inescapable offer/proposal".

Definition : impossible to avoid, ignore or deny.

Example: And, most importantly, they need to accept this inescapable reality: we need to talk.

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