So, you have been through the tough process of a job search and you’ve succeeded in bagging a fantastic new job – you think you are now done and dusted – wrong! As you offer your resignation to your current employer, they are so keen to hang on to you, they make you a counter offer. This can be very flattering, but what do you do now? How do you deal with resignation and counter offer professionally, achieving the right outcome for you and your employer?
Both sides will have emotions connected to the resignation and counter offer, it’s only natural. It’s the end of a relationship and although you have had time to get used to it, it may have come as a huge shock to your employer. Some emotions may be negative, as well as positive, you may need to be prepared for both.
Don’t burn bridges
This is not the time to be unnecessarily negative or start listing all the complaints that you may have bottled up whilst working for your current employer, as tempting as it may be! The aim is to deal with the situation with professionalism and dignity. Keep it positive, and let your employer know that you appreciate all the great skills, experiences that you have had a result of working with them. You never know when you may need a reference or you may even need them as a useful contact in the future.
Weigh it all up
When it comes to dealing with a counter offer, do not rush into a hasty decision. Give yourself time away from the workplace to reflect on the pros and cons and come to a considered decision. After all, it’s not as cut and dried as simply choosing the highest salary! There are several other things you might want to consider:
- Manager relationship
- Level and type of responsibilities
- Development opportunities
- Promotion opportunities
- Direction of the business
- Culture of the business
This is a really tricky one! Once you have resigned, you have made a clear signal to your employer that you wish to leave. If you then accept a counter offer, there can be issues with mistrust and not being seen as a loyal team player. This is obviously not the case for all companies or all employers/managers, however it is worth considering how your employer would react going forward and whether you feel that they can put that to one side.
There’s no doubt, resignation and counter offer can be difficult processes to go through and need careful consideration. Hopefully we have given you some useful pointers on how to do it with dignity!
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