How much value would you say your reputation holds? We give our thoughts on what accepting a counter offer could mean for your reputation.

Accepting a counter offer after you have made the decision to leave marks you out as indecisive. Worse, it could cause people to lose trust in you. Your relationships with both colleagues and superiors are certain to change. Your team might wonder why you were cut a special deal when they have not received such benefits, despite never threatening to leave. This can raise resentment and may mark you out as a scapegoat when things go wrong. After all, who is going to support you when it looks like you were going to run, only to be enticed to stay when you got your own way?

Do you have a counter offer on the table? This list of reasons to NOT accept a counter offer has been a popular one for years, and for good reason. Do you have a counter offer on the table? Read the list below and think about what that offer could really mean.

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Accept a Counter Offer*

*List taken from independent source

  1. What type of company needs to be threatened with a resignation to give you what you're worth?
  2. Where is the money for the counter-offer coming from? The most likely explanation is that it's your next raise a bit early. After all, companies have strict wage and salary budgets which must be followed.
  3. Your company will initiate a search for a new person at a cheaper price. It's simply the business of economics.
  4. You have now made your employer aware of the fact that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
  5. When promotion time comes around, your employer will always remember who was loyal and who wasn't.
  6. When time gets tough, your employer will begin to cutback with you.
  7. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counter-offer.
  8. Statistics show that if you accept a counter-offer, the probability that you will not be with your present employer six to nine months from now is very high.
  9. A counter-offer is an insult to your word and your intelligence. It is up to you to accept the insult or not. If you accept, then your employer's regard for you will immediately decline. You can be bought...your employer's own ego will preclude the possibility of his ever regarding you as an equal.
  10. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. The acceptance of your peer group will start to diminish, in subtle ways at first, but the trend will continue. The group will become more cohesive around you and without you. The group will eventually be excluded from the support structure. Groups can be quite predictable in certain situations.