When searching for a job, people tend to apply to more than one place as means to ensuring that they are offered a job from at least one of the places or while on the job, applying to different places to see what better offers can be scored in. However, as this goes on, and companies do show interest in the individual and conduct interviews, people tend to appear for interviews in all the firms they have applied to, so as to see which firm would provide them with a better offer in terms of salary and benefits. In this way, they feel the need to choose between different firms and gladly deny the other firm, just because they get a better offer. At this point, they don’t tend to realize that the company has narrowed it down to them and has worked hard to do so.
This is the final stage of recruiting someone and the company has high hopes. If you decline, they would have to carry out the entire recruitment process all over again. Apart from this, the company you are working for at present may have to start the employee search to fill your place at the last moment, if you choose to leave. Not only does this give a bad impact of yourself as a person, but it leaves the company in a vulnerable stage. This is a very bad practice and should not be followed at all. Rather than turning down the offers, there is a more professional process you can follow which will be mentioned as we progress. Here are the top 10 reasons to support this thought on why you should not accept a counter offer:
1. Loyalty Questioned
Your current employer will not look at you the same way anymore. Your loyalty will greatly be questioned, and the basis will be a minimal financial benefit you wished to achieve.
2. Promotion or Raise not Given
When the time for a promotion or a raise does come around, your employer would rather give this to someone who is more loyal to the firm.
3. Less Loyal individuals are target to Cut-backs
If your loyalty is questioned and your firm is looking to cut back on individuals, you may be a likely target to this. Someone who is not loyal to the firm should be removed at earliest chance, your employer may think.
4. Blow to Personal Pride
Accepting a counter offer that only pays you a little more than your current salary will really question your intelligence and affect your personal pride greatly.
5. Performance Appraisals
The salary that is being offered by the new firm, does it equal the amount you would have gotten through the financial appraisals had you remained loyal to your previous firm?
6. The new ‘you’
Once you do switch, you will want to do this every 6-months you find a better or get bored of the firm you are working for. You will have no sense of loyalty to the company and will always want to change.
7. Industries Talk
Word goes around quickly through the same industries and soon employers will know that you only like to work for a minimum period of 6-12 months before you go on to the next hunt for a switch. Companies may avoid hiring you due to this practice.
8. Personal Satisfaction Loss
Your colleagues will soon know about this and not treat you the same. They will know that you wont stick around for long and this will lead to personal satisfaction for the job being lost.
9. Dream Company
It will be difficult for you to understand what company you are actually looking to work for. Is it only for financial benefit?
10. You can be Bought:
Companies and employers will soon know that you switch jobs only for small financial benefits and this means you can be bought. This will leave a huge question on your morals.
The above listed reasons should be good-enough to convince you of why you should not accept a counter-offer. Nothing is worth more than your morals and ethics. If you are looking for a raise, try speaking to your current employer. A small financial benefit is not worth raising questions on your standards and ethics. Make sure to think this through and have a strong reason to switch your job or accept a better offer, rather than a minimal financial benefit.