We agree that counter offers rarely end well!

Posted on: July 9th, 2014

Recently read an article by Bernie Frazier who talks about how counter offers rarely end well! Frazier share’s with us three main points of why we should not accept them:

1. Typically, by the time you’ve engaged in a job search to the point of receiving an offer, you’ve already weighed the pros and cons of remaining with your current employer, and decided the leap was worth more. When this is the case, why look back?

2. The reason you’re leaving is because there’s something you want out of your job or career that you aren’t receiving with your current employer; often more money or a promotion. If you stay, there’s a good chance your employer will put a bandage on your frustration to pacify you, but the root of your desire to leave probably won’t go away.

3. If you’ve been trying to gain the recognition you want and not receiving it, and suddenly it comes when you announce you’re leaving, I hate to tell you this but you aren’t getting this recognition because your employer believes you deserve it. You’re getting it because your absence is going to create a hardship for your boss and the people left behind, and they don’t want that. Is this really a good reason to stay?

Of course there’s always a chance your decision to stay could work out, but I’m not sure the odds are in your favor. If the future opportunity really looks promising, why not take a chance and try it? If it doesn’t work out, your former employer just might take you back.

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