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Receiving a Counter-Offer

by Alison Adkins
Date: Oct 2016

You’ve given up your free evenings updating your CV and applying for new jobs, you’ve been through the gruelling interview stage, and now you’ve received an offer for that new job which is the next step on your career ladder, but the feeling of dread is with you. Tomorrow, you’re going to have to hand your notice in to your manager.

As you walk into the office the next morning, it feels like every pair of eyes is on you. Somehow, they know, you think to yourself. As you approach your manager, prepare yourself for their reaction. You are clearly a valuable employee, or you wouldn’t have received a new job offer in the first place, so this is never going to be good news for them.

Once you finally deliver the news, there is a good chance your manager is going to provide you with a counter-offer. You might hear them
say to you:

“I’m really shocked. I thought you were as happy with us as we are with you. Let’s discuss it before you make your final decision.”

“I’ve been meaning to tell you about the great plans we have for you, but it’s been confidential until now.”

“The MD has you in mind for some exciting and expanding responsibilities.”

“You’re making a huge mistake.”

Suddenly, promises of a salary increase, promotion, change of role or flexible hours will be made, and they are all tactics to push you into declining your new job offer.

Did you know that an average of 75% of employees leave their employer within 6-9 months of accepting a counter-offer? In many of those cases, the promises made never came to fruition, but in all of them, those employees suddenly remembered why they updated their CV in the first place.

So, if you find yourself in this difficult position, just think to yourself:

Just a few weeks ago you were actively looking for a new job, so what was it that gave you the final push to do so? The counter-offer may be forcing you to overlook those issues, which will most likely resurface.


Why did it take handing your notice in for your manager to realise how much you’re worth? The truth is, the prospect of you leaving them has them in a panic.


Have you disrupted your relationship with your current employer? How will your work life be if you accept the counter-offer, when your manager knows you aren’t truly happy to be working there?


Remember: Counter-offers are only made in response to a threat to quit. Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counter-offers, ever. Their policies are fair and equitable.


Obviously, it isn’t our place to make this decision for you, nor do we want to persuade you to make the wrong choice, but we are here for you to guide you and offer counsel through this tricky time. You’re in a great place right now with the offer of a new job, and you have the support of our excellent consultants here at Swindale Parks, so please don’t ever hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to us.
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