One of the worst things you can do in the resignation process is to discuss counter offers. Below is
information as well as different perspectives of counter offers.
National statistics indicate that 89% of individuals who accept counter offers are gone within 6
Within eighteen months, 93% of those accepting counter left, either voluntarily or
Your reasons for wanting to leave will still exist. Your bad boss, bad coworkers, dull environment
or limited advancement opportunities do not get corrected by a few more dollars. Promises made
along these lines are often broken, or are not even feasible over time.
By having a counter offer discussion you ultimately raise the red flag that the only thing you care
about is money. If you accept the counter offer your employer will feel as soon as a better
monetary offer surfaces you will be gone.
Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? In many instances you are simply
receiving you next scheduled raise early? (Companies have strict wage and salary guidelines
which must be followed)
Counter offers can be a stall device to give your employer time to get through a project or
actually find a replacement for you.
When promotion time comes around, will your employer gamble on someone who will leave for
What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before a fair market
value assessment of your skills is given? Counter offers are only made in response to a threat to
quit. Why do you have to resign to receive an offer of better working conditions?
Your employer knows the statistics mentioned in the first two bullets above. Do you think they
will gamble on promoting you over someone that has been more loyal?
You have now made your employer perceive you as unhappy. From this day on, your employer
will perceive you as a possible disgruntled employee and your loyalty will always be in question.
When times get tough, your employer may begin the cutback with you.
Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six
months or being let go within one year is extremely high.
Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence. It makes you look wishy-washy and
The bottom line is that well-managed companies don’t make counter offers. Their policies are to
establish fair and equitable practices upfront so that both the employee and the company can
maintain their professionalism throughout a resignation.
Think about this: While you are busy accepting the counter offer, the new company has already
called a recruiter and they are busy filling the position you could have had with someone other than