#1. What type of company do you work for if you have to resign before they give you fair market value for your skills.
#2. 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).
#3. Your company will start looking for a new person at a lower salary price, immediately. The wheels are in motion to replace you, ASAP.
#4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
#5. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal, and who wasn’t.
#6. When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
#7. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counter offer.
#8. 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. National statistics indicate that 89% accepting counter offers are gone in 6 months.
#9. Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride, because you know that you were bought.
#10. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose peer group acceptance, and forever be that defector who was brought back!
It’s counterintuitive, but counter-offers are almost always counterproductive for your career. I’m not talking about the give-and-take involved in a salary negotiation. I mean the kind of counter-offer you might get when you announce you’re resigning to take another job. Sure, it’s an ego boost, but a backhanded one, when you think about it. If you were so valuable all along, how come you had to quit to get your employer to recognize it?
That must be the case because they’ve made you a counter-offer. It looks like you’re in the driver’s seat now. But you’re not. You just think you are.