While counter-offers may be tempting and even flattering, there can be pitfalls that you need to be aware of. Ask yourself these questions:
qWill your loyalty always be in question?
qIf there are future cutbacks, will you be the first to go because of concerns about your loyalty?
qIf you accept the counter-offer for more money, are you just giving your employer the time they need to locate and select your replacement?
qWill your career track remain blocked if you accept it?
qWill your responsibilities be expanded?
qWill you have to report to a person you donít respect?
qWill you receive next yearís raise or bonus early?
qIs the counter-offer a ploy to avoid a short-term inconvenience by your employer?
qWhat are your realistic chances for promotions now that you have considered leaving?
Counter Offer Statistics: According to national surveys of employees that accept counter-offers, 50 to 80% voluntarily leave their employer within six months of accepting the counter-offer because of unkept promises. The majority of the balance of employees that accept counter-offers involuntarily leave their current employers within twelve months of accepting the counter-offer (terminated, fired, laid off, etc.).
As attractive as counter-offers may appear, they greatly decrease your chances of achieving your career potentials.