Twelve Factors to Consider

  1. Counteroffers are made so you leave an organization on the employers’ terms, not yours.
  2. What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth.
  3. Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed.
  4. Your company may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price to replace you.
  5. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
  6. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal, and who wasn’t.
  7. When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
  8. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future; even if you accept a counteroffer.
  9. Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is roughly 80%.
  10. About 50% of candidates that accept a counteroffer begin a new search within 90 days.
  11. Accepting a counteroffer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride; knowing that you were bought.
  12. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.