You’ve landed a new position and handed in your notice. However, before you succumb to a tempting counter offer, consider these universal truths:
- Any situation in which an employee is forced to get an outside offer before the present employer will suggest a raise, promotion or better working conditions, is suspect.
- No matter what the company says when making its counter offer, you will always be considered a fidelity risk. Having once demonstrated your lack of loyalty (for whatever reason) you will lose your status as a “team player” and the place in the inner circle.
- Counter offers are usually nothing more than a stalling device to give your employer time to replace you. Your reasons for wanting to leave still exist. Conditions are just made a bit more tolerable in the short term because of a raise, promotion or promise to keep you.
- Counter offers are only made in response to a threat to quit. Will you have to solicit an offer and threaten to quit every time you deserve better working conditions?
- Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counter offers … ever! Their policies are fair and equitable. They will not be subjected to “counter offer coercion” or what they perceive as blackmail.
If the urge to accept a counter offer hits you, keep on cleaning out your desk as you count your blessings.