Why You Should Never Accept A Counter Offer

So, you are probably reading this because you have recently interviewed and got a new job offer! wahoo - well done!!!


You have handed in your notice with the intention of leaving & Boom!!


Your manager hits you with a counter offer promising a higher salary and/or a better job title!



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According to your trustworthy source, LinkedIn:

  • 50% of people accept counter offers (which I am not surprised), however within 6 months 80% leave and it goes up to 90% after a year.

But why do they still leave?


The reasons you were looking in the first place will still exist!


Don’t forget why you was unhappy in the first place, it could have been a number of reasons such as;

  • Underpayed because you wasn't appreciated >:(

  • Bad vibes due to the poor work culture

  • Constant burn out due to you overworking

  • Maybe you didn’t get that raise or promotion you deserve

These reasons will still be there trust me!


Another reason why you shouldn't accept a counter offer is: Your relationship with your current employer will be damaged.


After all, you’ve just told them you were leaving and are now only staying because they offered you more money.


This might cause them to question your loyalty and whether you’ll resign the second you receive a better offer.


Most employees that accept a counter offer often end up feeling “pushed out” of their current organisation.


Think about why are they countering you now, were they undervaluing you until you decided to leave and now they want to do something about it does that mean they took you for granted?


Why did it take for you threatening to leave for them to finally recognise you?


Turning down a counteroffer and moving onto a new company could take your career to the next level.


Your new company might offer better career development opportunities or, at very least offer you a chance to tackle a new challenge and reach a new personal best.


If you are faced with this dilemma honestly weigh the pros & cons - GOOD LUCK!


If you want to see my full rant - head over to my YouTube channel.

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