‘Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble. And if I stay there will be double…’
We’re pretty sure The Clash didn’t pen their iconic lyrics with the counter offer in mind. But it got us thinking…
What are the consequences of not leaving your job when you’ve successfully landed a new role? And does it really spell double trouble?
Let’s face it. The lure of the counter offer can be strong.
It’s undoubtedly flattering and is often (initially at least) financially beneficial. It can also provide that additional responsibility you’ve longed for, a fancy new title, or a full-on promotion.
Staying put offers a sense of comfort. There’s reassurance in familiarity. No new systems to navigate or learning curve to climb. You already know it all, right? But it can be dangerous ground, for staying put almost always comes at a price.
Your loyalty may well be questioned, which in turn can lead to an invisible ceiling on any future promotion, however well deserved it is. And, be warned, your intention to leave may never be forgotten by your boss and colleagues alike.
But, more than this, ask yourself why, if you were truly valued, it’s taken your resignation to spark this sudden offer to stay.
There’s rarely a compelling reason to accept that counter offer. Know your worth and make that change. Or risk a whole heap of issues through inertia.
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