You are offered a new position with a company that will allow
career growth, opportunity, and more money. After careful
deliberation and much soul searching, you have accepted, or
decided to accept, the new position. However, upon
tendering your resignation, your current boss asks you to stay.
This appeal is known as a counter-offer. These temptations
create confusion and buyer's remorse. The fear of change
emotion takes over. Career changes are tough enough
because you are about to leave a comfortable job, friends,
location, etc. for an unknown opportunity where you have to
prove yourself all over again. Fear of change can cloud
the best of logic. No matter how good the new opportunity
is - it can sometimes seem more comfortable to stay.
course, we all think we are irreplaceable, and want to believe
all the flattery, but accepting a counter-offer appeal to
stay is ultimately not in your best interests.
reasons on why not to accept a counter offer
|What type of company do
you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they
give you fair market value for your skills.
|Where is the money for
the counter offer coming? Is it your next raise early? (All
companies have strict wage and salary guidelines which must
|Your company will start
looking for a new person at a lower salary price,
immediately. The wheels are in motion to replace you, ASAP.
|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
|When times get tough,
your employer will 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
|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. National statistics indicate that 89%
accepting counter offers are gone in 6 months.
|Accepting a counter
offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your
personal pride, because you know that you were bought.
Once the word gets out, the relationship that you
now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will
lose peer group acceptance, and forever be that defector who was
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