What type of company do you work for if you have to resign before they give you what you are worth
Where is the money from the counter offer coming from? Is it your next pay rise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines that must be followed.
Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price.
You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy- from this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who was not
When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutbacks with you.
The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counter offer.
Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in 6 months, or of being let go within one year, is extremely high. The original reasons for you wanting to leave will remain.
You must question your present employer’s motives for counter offering. It will be extremely time consuming and inconvenient for them to lose you. They will lose your (significant) contribution to the business and will have the hassle of recruiting a replacement etc. Also, it may look bad for your boss when you move on.
It is extremely embarrassing to accept a counter offer, i.e. to have to go to such lengths, resign and then still stay put. It is almost insulting if your employer thinks they can come up with a quick fix now, e.g. more money, the promise of more responsibility etc. and you will stay.
Some companies have a policy never to counter offer their staff as they think it does neither party any favours in the long run if things have got to the stage where they have felt it necessary to resign.