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Reasons for Not Accepting a Counteroffer


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Changing jobs can be very emotional. It is important to think through, prior to the offer stage, the possibility of your current employer extending a counteroffer at the point of your resignation. Some factors to consider include the following:

  • What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
  • Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines which must be followed.
  • Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price.
  • You now have 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 was not.
  • When times get rough, 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 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. Ninety-six percent of those who accept counter offers are gone the next year.
  • Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and pride; knowing that you were bought.
  • Once the word gets out, the relationship you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer-group acceptance.

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