12 Reasons Not to Accept a Counter-Offer

Twelve Reasons Not to Accept a Counter-Offer

(Not all of these apply in every situation, but some do apply.)

What type of company, or people, do you work for if you have to threaten to quit or resign before they give you what you are worth?

Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? It’s usually your next raise early. All companies and people have strict salary guidelines and budgets to consider. They get paid more when they keep the budget low.

Your company may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price or someone they will have to pay as much as they have offered you.

You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on your loyalty will always be in question.

When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.

When times get tough, your employer may begin the cutback with you.

The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future even if you accept a counter offer.

Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high. (We have heard 80% in six months to one year.)

Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride knowing that you have been underpaid for a number of years.

Once the word gets out the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer-group acceptance.

Recruiting someone to take your place will possibly require a salary about what you have now been offered, time and money lost while finding your replacement and bringing them up to speed, possibly a fee to a recruiter or for ads, and taking valuable time to recruit someone whether through a recruiter or internal sources.

When you resign, you have created a “crisis” situation in your boss’s mind. The boss immediately feels



Sense of loss

Sense of failure (He did think he could keep you on board for less money than he now offers.)


Remember. With your boss feeling this way, he usually has only one thing in mind. That is – keep you on the payroll until he can find your replacement.



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