The Counter Offer
While counter-offers may be tempting and even flattering, there can be
pitfalls that you need to be aware of. Ask yourself these questions:
- Will your loyalty always be in question?
- If there are future cutbacks, will you be the first to go because
of concerns about your loyalty?
- If you accept the counter-offer for more money, are you just giving
your employer the time they need to locate and select your replacement?
- Will your career track remain blocked if you accept it?
- Will your responsibilities be expanded?
- Will you have to report to a person you don't respect?
- Will you receive next year's raise or bonus early?
- Is the counter-offer a ploy to avoid a short-term inconvenience
by your employer?
- What are your realistic chances for promotions now that you have
Counter Offer Statistics
According to national surveys of employees that accept counter-offers,
50-80 percent voluntarily leave their employer within six months of accepting
the counter-offer because of unkept promises. The majority of the balance
of employees that accept counter-offers involuntarily leave their current
employers within twelve months of accepting the counter-offer (terminated,
fired, laid off, etc.).
As attractive as counter-offers may appear, they greatly decrease your
chances of achieving your career potential.