Your initial consideration for changing companies, because your present position could no longer offer the growth potential to match your experience. It is true to say that your present company has helped you progress professionally, and as a result, you may feel uncomfortable resigning.
You will be leaving fellow managers and colleagues, you may even see some of them out of work as social friends, and these people may have been instrumental in advancing your career. All or some of the above may make you feel uneasy, however so what can you expect when tendering your resignation.
Your company will be sorry to lose you, you have contributed to the sales and profits, you are probably involved in a project within the workplace that requires your talents.
Put yourself in your boss’s shoes…what would you do?
The counter offer
It is natural to resist change and disruption and your boss will be no exception. He will want to keep you and he will attempt to keep you with a counter offer. In his eyes, your acceptance of a new job is definitely a mistake.
Counter offers have many variations
1, “This is confidential and I should not be telling you this, but we were thinking of promoting you in the next six months”
2,” We will match the offer and put it into place next pay day, I had meant to review it anyway”
3, “Don’t make any decisions now, think about it and we will get together next week to discuss it.”
Implications of the counter offer
Of course, it is flattering to hear that your company is concerned with you leaving, so your emotions can obscure your reasons for wanting to leave. It is natural to be apprehensive about leaving and to let that final nagging doubt about doing the right thing grow out of all proportion the more your boss tries to convince you.
STOP and ask yourself these questions.
1, I made the decision to leave because I felt a new position offered me the best environment to fulfil my career needs if I stay will the situation really improve because I said I was leaving?
2, If I stay will my loyalty be suspect, and affect my chance of advancement once the dust has settled?
3, The rise makes me very expensive for the job that I am doing. How will that affect any future rises?
4, I got the counter offer because I resigned, will I have to do this the next time I think I am ready for a rise or promotion?
The professional attitude
The professional manager will make career decisions objectively; it will be free of the emotional pressures one is likely to feel when being urged to reconsider. Advice will be offered from well-meaning friends, relatives and business associates. Depend primarily on your own judgement, because quite simply; you are the only one who can fully understand the implications. Remember, the counter offer is only a belated recognition of the contribution you have made to your company. If it had come unprompted- would that of been a lot more flattering? Move ahead with the goal of making yourself as valuable to your new employer as you now know you were to your old.