Why not to accept a counter-offer

You have just handed in your resignation to your director and he has made you an attractive counter-offer: a new position, promotion, more responsibility. How should you react? Here are three pointers to help you take the right decision.


You decided to initiate a leaving process because you wanted a change of career (a desire to progress, be better paid, take risks, etc.). Additionally, you have had interviews with positive outcomes, negotiated your salary and met your future colleagues. You are ready for a new adventure in another company!

Accepting a counter-offer may seem appealing, but it would take you back to square one, where you were dissatisfied with your everyday job. This often leads to lack of motivation in the short and medium-term.


You hand in your resignation and tell your managers why you are leaving, then you have second thoughts and decide to accept the counter-offer. It will subsequently be difficult for you to prove your loyalty to your employer. They now know that you are frustrated, dissatisfied and potentially in contact with the competition. You will have lower credibility among other employees and management.

What’s more, once you have been raised, your employer will have both the time and good reason to start finding a cheaper replacement. You will inevitably be at the top of the list in the event of any voluntary redundancy or layoff plans.


Finally, you decide to play it safe and accept the counter-offer of your employer. Essentially, you have just slammed the door in the face of your future company.


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