A job counter offer…
Once you’ve been given a job offer, you may believe that the process is over and you are ready to go. However, this is not always the case.
If you have been a good employee your employer is likely to want you to stay. It has become more common for good candidates to be counter-offered when they approach their manager to talk about resigning. This usually comes in the form of a last-minute offer of a higher salary, or more flexibility. Good people become indispensable, they are not easy to replace. Often the reason for most resignations is that circumstances have changed; either the individual or the company, and the fit that was once there, isn’t any more.
Change is not easy to accept. The best way to avoid this difficult situation is to be sure about it first. You should think clearly about the negatives and positives, before you accept a new job. If the negatives outweigh the positives, look around. If you genuinely like your job, but there are a few factors you could change, think about discussing these with your boss, before threatening to leave. Such a conversation might be more valuable to your reputation.
While your employers may offer you a counter-offer, the process can change relationships afterwards. If you decide to stay under new conditions, be aware that a higher salary will denote new expectations, and you will have to prove yourself.
However, the main reason that we ask candidates to be careful about counter-offers, is that normally the kind of frustrations that exist within their current employment can rarely be fully mitigated, and often result in the candidates leaving some months or years later for the same reasons, often wishing they had left sooner. These frustrations might be to do with remuneration, seniority, flexibility, or team structure. Often they have been mentioned to the management long before a person seeks new employment, but no action has been taken, mainly because it is difficult to drastically alter the way most businesses work.
The truth is that it is rare for companies to be able to change significantly, as creating a rule for one person always has an impact on others, and the wider structure of the business. People might want you to stay, but it is not always possible to guarantee the change required.
Think carefully about your decision, and if your gut feeling tells you it is time for a move, stick with it.