While counter-offers may be tempting and even flattering, there can be pitfalls that you need to be aware of. Ask yourself these questions:

  • The original reasons why you showed an interest in making a move will probably still be there.
  • Will your loyalty always be in question?
  • If there are future cut-backs, will you be one of the first to go because of concerns about your loyalty?
  • If you accept the counter-offer for more money, are you just giving your employer the time they need to locate and select your replacement?
  • Will your career track be blocked if you accept it?
  • Will your responsibilities be expanded?
  • Will you have to report to a person you don't respect?
  • Will the counter-offer be next year’s raise, so you’ll get nothing next year?
  • Is the counter-offer a ploy to avoid a short-term inconvenience by your employer?
  • What are your realistic chances for promotions now that you have considered leaving?

As attractive as counter-offers may appear, they can greatly decrease your chances of achieving your career potential.

See our insight article here for more information on why you shouldn't accept