The counteroffer

The counteroffer When you resign a job there will probably be a counteroffer.
A counteroffer could come as a raise in the salary. More company benefits or a promotion in your position. Usually your resignation creates a kind of rivalry between your current employer and the future employer so they use a counteroffer to encourage you to stay.

Why do the companies make a counteroffer?
Sometimes your job needs practice and they are afraid that they won't be able to find a replacement soon enough to cope with the job. It also has a cost, they have to advertise for the position, and there is an advertisement fee, there is a program to follow in order to choose the new staff and also when somebody resigns it reflects badly on the other workers.

So, when you get a counteroffer you have to be very careful. Some people think that accepting a counteroffer is very dangerous. Usually, the counteroffers are more for the company benefit than for yours.

Probably, you have been asking for a raise and you didn't get an answer and they use the resign time to offer the raise as a counteroffer, why did they give the counter offer now? Why did they value you now and not before? The salary increase due to a counteroffer could look as an acknowledge that you were underpaid, but it could really be the acknowledge that the investment in keeping you will save more money to the company by training another person. It is because they do not want to have to replace you immediately, but if you accept the counter offer and stay maybe they will keep you in the job only until they get another person.

When you resign, they consider that you are not loyal anymore, they will always look at you in a suspicious way and if you accept the counteroffer and stay, they won't see you as before and they probably won't treat the same. The relationship with the coworkers is never the same when you accept a counteroffer, they will look at you as a traitor.

Therefore it is not a good idea to accept a counteroffer but be careful when you decline the counteroffer, remember that you will probably need the job references.

When there is a counter offer it is a good idea to ask it in writing and signed buy your boss or superior, even if you know you will decline it and keep it as a record, maybe in the future you will return to the company and you can use the counteroffer for your benefit.

Sometimes, when you resign, it is better to make it clear that you do not want a counteroffer so you would avoid explanations.

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