Dealing With Counter Offers
Have you ever been tempted by receiving one or more counter offers when you've tendered your resignation? When jobs are plentiful and good candidates are scarce, companies often try to entice people to stay by either matching or upping an offer a departing employee has received. It's definitely tempting to stay put. You're in familiar surroundings, you're a known commodity in the organization, you're finally being rewarded for your hard work...or are you?
Advice from DerrJones
I counsel my candidates - and my friends and relatives - to never accept counter offers. No matter how tempting they might be. The reason? Statistics show that most people end up leaving their organization anyway...and often times, not on their own terms.
Once your employer knows that you've been looking - even if the other organization came after you - your loyalty will become an underlying question for your remaining tenure. If cutbacks are in the wind, guess who's often the first to be let go?
Questions To Think About
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you think your company won't hold your "lapse" against you. The questions that always come up for me are:
Companies should treat their existing employees better. Those of us who recruit for a living know that. If you're good, you should not have to threaten to leave in order to be recognized with a compensation package, title, etc. that you have deserved all along.
Your company, if they are willing to match or better your offer, has been taking advantage of you.
Why would you want to continue working there??
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