Is Taking A Counteroffer In Your Best Interest?

Turning in your resignation after accepting a new job can be exciting. After weeks or even months of hard work, research, interviews, and negotiation, you have your ideal job and a start date in hand. But what if your boss throws you a curveball and presents you with a counteroffer? Suddenly, your excitement turns to confusion and you aren’t sure what to do.

Is Taking a Counteroffer in Your Best Interest?  

Types of Counteroffers  

There are two common types of counter offers you will likely receive. The first is a financial offer where your boss presents you with a raise, hoping to exceed your new pay rate. The second type of counteroffer is an emotional counteroffer that plays off guilt and loyalty. Your boss may not present you with a written offer, but rather a verbal offer of more responsibility, a raise down the line, or some other intangible benefit. That verbal offer will likely come with a lot of talk about your value to the organization, or they may tell you that they really need you onboard work on a critical initiative. 

How To Weigh a Counteroffer 

Counteroffers can make you think twice because first, they are flattering. Second, change is difficult and staying in place is easy. If your employer makes big promises or waves a big raise in your direction, it can seem like a no-brainer to stay put. However, counteroffers are not all they are cracked up to be. Always consider the following when weighing a counter: 

  • Why a raise now? Why wasn’t your boss willing to up your pay for a job well done months ago? Why raise you now? Because it’s cheaper to raise your salary than to conduct a job search for a replacement.   
  • Leaving can reflect poorly on your boss. Turnover is often an indication of a problem and your boss’s sudden interest in your career may be more self-serving than generous.  
  • Is it just a stall tactic? Data suggests that 80% of all employees who accept a counteroffer are gone after one year. Many managers use counteroffers as a way to buy time to replace employees. 
  • Everyone will feel differently in the morning. Your boss and your coworkers will remember that you attempted to resign. It will strain relationships and erode trust.  
  • Why were you leaving? If a counteroffer seems appealing, take a step back and remember the reasons why you started looking for a job in the first place.  Will the counteroffer really change things?  
  • Your career is about you. You are the only one with your best interests in mind. Not your boss, your company or your coworkers.  

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