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Counter Offers

My current employer has made an offer to make me stay

Sometimes, we work with some great people who feel undervalued and are ready to make a change in their career. They get their resume together, take time out to meet us and then go onto interview with an employer - and then receive a job offer.

In desperation, some employers will resort to making a "counter offer" when one of their employees resign. This can make you feel pretty special and can be very flattering, however, did you know that approximately nine out of ten people who accept counter offers end up leaving the company within six months anyway? 

It can be very confusing when you resign and your current employer presents you with a counter offer - yes, it's important to do the right thing by your employer, but at the same time, consider the following:

  • Why did you have to resign before your employer made that offer to you?
  • Any situation where you felt forced to get an outside offer before your current employer will offer you a raise, promotion or better working conditions is suspect
  • It will not matter how well you explained why you interviewed somewhere else - the trust will not be the same. Ask yourself - if your favourite employee handed you a resignation letter and had not discussed their plans with your beforehand - would you really trust them?
  • A counter offer is an insult to your intelligence - you will always know they bought your loyalty and never really valued you enough earlier.
  • The reasons for wanting to change will happen again - even if you take the offer. Your employment conditions will be a bit more tolerable in the short term because of the raise, promotion or promises made to keep you, but will they last?
  • These offers are a response to a threat to resign. Will you have to interview and get an offer from another great employer and threaten to quit every time you deserve better working conditions?
  • Reputable companies don't make counter offers - ever! Great employers have fair promotion and remuneration policies and see employees who want counter offers to stay as blackmailing them
  • You have just taken time and resources from an employer who liked you enough to make an offer you were accepting - you have let them down, and have you just walked away from an employer who genuinely values you. 

Counter offers are always made reluctantly and quite often don't end in a win win outcome.

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