How To Start Managing Counter-Offers

So the time has come! It is time to move on to that new opportunity and your existing business counter-offers!

Now there are numerous reasons not to accept a counter-offer (you can Google them!)

  • If you felt you were underpaid, you’d have asked your boss for a raise.
  • Replacing an employee can be expensive.
  • They have not got time to recruit your replacement right now.
  • They want to have you cover while they hunt for your replacement.
  • They want you to finish the project you are working on.
  • They don’t have the time to train someone new at the moment.
  • Losing staff might reflect badly on your employer.


 But in my opinion it goes deeper than that!

Over the years of advising the C-Suite in the South-West region I have often discussed how individuals feel they are perceived in their market and how they wish to be perceived. I make them fully aware that they are themselves a “Brand.” Linked In profiles often can tell a lot about an individual and it is so important to make sure it is absolutely the right time to look for a new position before exploring greener grass!

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Consider this when managing counter-offers:

  • Have you completed all the assignments/projects for the business you currently work for?
  • Will you leave a business stranded halfway through delivering something you are responsible for?
  • Have you had that frank conversation with management about how you feel?
  • Have you explored every avenue and exhausted all lines of communications regarding your current role / future progression?

It is worth noting counter-offers will always exist in some form and I have seen many monetary and emotionally charged counter-offers to last a lifetime.

“I really wasn’t expecting them to come back with ……….”

Why not?

As the business world gets smaller always remember your name and reputation will carry in your industry. Leave on a good note, engage with your new opportunity for the right reasons at the right time and with the full and absolute intention of leaving.

If you wake up with a horse head in your bed, move it to one side and write that resignation letter with confidence, keeping your “brand” intact.

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Written by Chad Edgecombe | 07701 015052

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