Don’t accept a counteroffer because...


  • Your employer will not forget that you wanted to resign. In the eyes of your employer, you are no longer a loyal employee. Employees whose loyalty is questionable generally don’t get promoted.
  • If there are lay-offs to be made in your department, you will be the first on the chopping block.
  • In the vast majority of cases where people accept counteroffers, they are fired, laid off, or looking for a new job within one year.
  • Accepting a counteroffer can harm your reputation and character. Your employer, your colleagues, and those who hear about your acceptance of a counteroffer may believe that you can be bought.
  • Your company probably has a schedule to which they adhere when raising an employee’s wages. The extra money given in your counteroffer may simply be an early advance on your next raise.
  • Your company may only keep you until they find a new employee who will do your job for less.
  • Unless your decision to resign was salary-based, the same issues that bothered you in the first place will probably come up again. Remember why you initially decided to resign.
  • You may lose the respect and acceptance of your colleagues when they hear that you threatened to resign.
  • If your employers are offering you more money, did they not value you enough beforehand to have given you a pay increase?
  • If you’ve handed in your resignation, you’ve already accepted an offer from another employer. By accepting a counteroffer, you are breaking your word to your new employer, and that doesn’t bode well for future relations with that company.

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