Reconsidering the Counter-Offer

The counter-offer dilemma

Approaching your employer about a new job offer can sometimes lead to the company presenting a counter-offer.  Here are a few things to consider when faced with a counter-offer.

What prompted your job search?

Looking towards the future, will you be professionally fulfilled by accepting a counter-offer? Are your talents being utilized at your current position? During your job hunt, were you seeking growth and new challenges? Before accepting a counter-offer, consider whether a pay raise will override the reasons you began your job search in the first place.

Is your work truly being valued?

Is accepting a pay raise a short term fix for a long term problem? Consider whether your current employer will foster your growth moving forward or if they are keeping you on for convenience sake. Employers will sometimes make a counter-offer to allow time to seek your replacement. By making a counter-offer, your employer is often times revealing that they were not paying you what you were worth to begin with.

Will accepting an offer damage your reputation?

Will your reputation be jeopardized if you accept the counter-offer?  Your loyalty and commitment may come into question if you choose to remain with your current company.  Ensure that by accepting a counter-offer, no bridges have been burned and that trust remains intact.

Does a pay raise come with strings attached?

Will accepting a pay raise affect your vacation days, paid time off, or future bonuses? Are you being compensated fairly for any new assignments you will be taking on? Make sure you know any new conditions that come with accepting a counter-offer.

 

 

 

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