Despite how flattering it might be, as a general rule it is not a good idea to accept a counter offer once you have made it known that you want to resign. Be advised that your current employer might make you an offer as a temporary solution until they are able to find a more dedicated or cheaper replacement. Therefore, in most cases accepting a counter offer is simply a way to postpone the inevitable rather than solve the underlying issues.
10 Reasons NOT to Accept a Counter Offer:
1. A good employer should pay you what you are really worth in the first place.
2. If you must threaten to quit in order to get what you want, the company is probably not worth working for anyway.
3. A small salary increase is an insult considering how much it would cost the company to replace you.
4. Well-managed companies do not make counter offers because their policies are fair, equitable, and based on market conditions.
5. Once you have expressed your disloyalty to the company by threatening to resign, your status as a team player will be questioned, and you will always be considered a flight risk.
6. A counter offer is nothing more than a stall tactic to give the company time to find your replacement.
7. The money for a counter offer usually comes out of your next raise or promotion.
8. The reasons that make you want to leave will not go away.
9. After hearing of your unhappiness, your manager will feel threatened. This could make for a very uncomfortable work environment in the future.
10. Accepting a counter offer may cause friction between you and your co-workers and could threaten the morale within your work environment.
The answer is clear. The key to handling a counter offer is to avoid it happening in the first place.
This post was taken from Houston IT Career Management Resources.