Counter Offers: To Accept or Not to Accept… Part 2

Did you tune in last week when we told you why it’s a bad call to accept a counter offer? Well we’re back, coming at you with a slew of other reasons why it’s still a bad idea.

So let’s say that you were contacted by a company that needs someone with your skills, but you’re pretty sure that you’re semi-happy where you’re already working and you’re not totally convinced that you want to make a move just yet. Here’s the catch: the new company offered you a huge pay bump. So now you’re thinking that maybe you’re invaluable to your company, but it sure would be nice to put all of that extra money you’d be making at that new company in a college fund for your kids. The solution? Approach your managers with the assumption that they will make a counter offer so that you can both make more money and not have to undergo the stress of finding a new job.

That’s dangerous. You know why? Because they could actually let you go rather than making you a counter offer, and then you’re stuck. You’d better be darn sure that you are willing to take this new job you’ve been offered before you consider using it as bait to grab a higher salary at your current position. And for heaven’s sake, don’t go into your boss’s office asking for a raise after you’ve already turned down another offer. One of two things will happen. Your company will either fire you for job searching or actually give you a raise, but one thing’s for certain: you will never earn their trust back.