If you have ever resigned from a job, chances are you have been met with a counter-offer: more than half of employees that resign will have a counter-offer conversation with their current boss. It is usually seen as a last-ditch effort from the employer to keep an employee on board, so they won’t have to deal with the disruption caused by them leaving.
Offering more money is the most common tactic employers use when trying to get an employee to stay put. While compensation may be a partial factor in your decision to resign, it most likely isn’t going to solve the underlying issues as to why you want to move on. Chances are, there are a plethora of other reasons that are pushing you towards the door.
Navigating job offers and counter-offers can be difficult. Do your best to remain rooted in your decision for wanting to pursue a new opportunity and remember these reasons as to why you should not accept a counter-offer.
Better Compensation in a Counter-Offer Won’t Fix the Underlying Problems
If compensation is the main issue behind your resignation, it’s important to consider why your boss didn’t offer you a higher salary (or why you didn’t ask for one) before you decided to leave. It’s likely that the money is only being offered now because your employer doesn’t want to deal with hiring and training a new team member, and not because they suddenly see you as a more valuable asset. Also, the fact that you wanted to move on puts you on the burner if they happen to come across another qualified healthcare professional who could potentially replace you. Accepting more money when you’ve already started packing your bags will leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
Your Quality of Life May Suffer if You Accept a Counter-Offer
Remember why you made the decision to resign in the first place. Maybe you have reached your full potential at this job and are eager for new opportunities that your current position hasn’t presented. Perhaps you want more benefits, a nicer facility, more upward mobility, more something – and that something is not being offered at your current job. Around 50% of employees that end up accepting a counter-offer are looking for a new job within just two months because they are unsatisfied with the job itself, according to a recent survey.
Your resignation is unlikely to completely rewire the company culture to make you stay. Don’t let your quality of life suffer to make someone else’s life easier. You need to recognize the elements of a workplace that are most important to you, and if they aren’t being offered at your current position, it’s time to find them elsewhere.
“Don’t let your quality of life suffer to make someone else’s life easier.”
You May Be Alienated at Your Job
Going back on your decision to leave your current position may change the way your colleagues see you. After all, people now know that you are, or at least were, actively looking for a new job. Your colleagues may treat you differently if they don’t see you as ‘part of the team’ anymore.
Once you threaten to leave once, your superiors may be worried that you’ll do it again. Therefore, they might start quietly trying to replace you. Accepting a counter-offer can result in a lack of trust, respect and/or support from your peers – elements that are very important to a healthy workplace environment. And if you do end up accepting a counter-offer, you probably won’t be around for long: around 70-80% of employees that accept counter-offers either resign again or are let go from the position within six months to a year.
Be Careful Not to Burn Bridges During a Counter-Offer Discussion
No matter how your counter-offer conversation goes with your boss, you want to make sure to leave on a positive note and not burn any professional bridges. Decline politely and thank them for the time you worked together. Even though you have made the decision to move on to a new position, ensuring that you can get a good reference from your employer is critical. The world of healthcare is surprisingly small, and a bad reference can sometimes hurt your chances at landing a new role.
No matter what your reason for leaving, remember this: if your employer really agreed with their counter-offer, it would have already been suggested. If you find yourself wanting to move on from your job and into a great new healthcare opportunity, the recruiters at Radius Staffing Solutions can lend a helping hand!