10 Reasons to Refuse Job Counter Offers

10 Reasons to Refuse Job Counter Offers

I was recently speaking with a recruiter for HIMIGINE Solutions, James Mason Henk, about employers who make counter offers after employees give their notice that they are leaving for a new position. He has a list of TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO ACCEPT COUNTER OFFERS and he shared them with me. I am sharing them with you here.

  1. After resigning, you have made your employer aware that you were looking and unhappy. Your loyalty will now be in question.
  2. When promotion/raise time comes around, your employer will remember who is loyal and who is not.
  3. When making difficult decisions about cutbacks, the company may begin with those who are deemed less loyal.
  4. Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride, to simply be bought at the last minute.
  5. Where was the extra money for a counter offer during your last performance review? Most companies have strict wage/salary guidelines and may be simply giving your next raise early or buying time to hire someone in your place.
  6. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider making a change almost always reoccur within the next 6-12 months.
  7. Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in 6 months or being let go within 1 year are extremely high.
  8. Once the word gets out, the relationship you now enjoy with co-workers will never be the same. You lose personal satisfaction of the peer group acceptance.
  9. What type of company do you want to work for if you must threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
  10. Accepting counter offers after already accepting another position burns bridges with other companies, your recruiter, and ultimately shows all three parties that you can be bought.

Stay the Course

I know it is hard to leave where you are comfortable. You know where the problems lie and all the risks are fully laid out to you from your time working there. It is scary to take a job at a new organization where it is all unknown. You don’t know if you will get along with your co-workers or manager, or if you will like the culture, etc. And no matter how much you research an employer, you feel like you are jumping off a cliff. It feels safe where you are, even if you are working in a toxic environment, and even if you feel you have no room for advancement or salary growth.
But remember why you started looking for a new job in the first place. There is a reason why you are frustrated where you are working and looking for a different place to spread your wings. And as much as a counter offer may give you the money you might be looking for, I really like No. 9 in the above list. Why did you have to threaten to leave your current company for them to realize your worth?  They should have acknowledged your worth well before you started looking for another job.
As scary as it is when you think of changing jobs, there is a reason you started looking and there is a reason you accepted another offer and gave your notice. Stay focused on your goals, not your current employer’s goals, when deciding to take a new position and stay the course once making that decision.

Barbara Cobuzzi

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Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, AAPC Fellow, is an independent consultant, CRN Healthcare Solution, Tinton Falls, N.J. She is consulting editor for Otolaryngology Coding Alert and has spoken, taught, and consulted widely on coding, reimbursement, compliance, and healthcare-related topics nationally. Barbara also provides litigation support as an expert witness for providers and payers. Cobuzzi is a member of the Monmouth, N.J., AAPC local chapter.

No Responses to “10 Reasons to Refuse Job Counter Offers”

  1. Deborah Gladney says:

    Awesome article! I needed to hear this because i’m Facing that dilemma myself and this article has given me the strength to go forth and not look back. In August I would’ve been there 14 years.

  2. Deborah says:

    Awesome article! I needed to hear this because i’m Facing that dilemma myself and this article has given me the strength to go forth and not look back. In August I would’ve been there 14 years.

  3. Teresa Tate says:

    While I understand the viewpoint, I find this article to be very one sided and paints the employer out as the villain. There are budgets and profitability margins that companies are held accountable to or they don’t have a business. There are also employees that are worth their weight in gold; however, it sometimes takes an opportunity outside the company to consider options and potentially fight to keep that valued employee. I disagree that accepting a counter offer is the kiss of death. Many times, businesses are trying to stay in business and keep jobs for all of their employees. They don’t always counter offer, so it is actually a compliment!

  4. Sharon Trader says:

    Just want to add that coders need to address the need for salary increases pro-actively and give the current employer clear notification of the coder’s salary expectation and or other needs up and allow the employer ample opportunity to respond before the employee hands in their notice. Administration does not understand the value of an experienced coder as much as a coding director. The coding director has to have solid facts and figures to go to the Board and ask for a raise and it often will cover an entire coding department if the salary range hasn’t been addressed recently. It is very intimidating to ask for a raise, but talk to your current employer and consider how much accumulated benefits, etc you have going for you. Coding skills are highly transferrable, but if you work well with your current employer, loyalty is often rewarded better in staying with what you know and prospects for promotion well known to employer.
    I’m not a director or administrator, but I have personally had better results from working with my current employers before considering a job change.

  5. Sharon Trader says:

    Make sure you have exhausted your options for advancement, salary and benefit enhancement with your current employer before you apply for a new job. Experienced coders are a valuable employee and your boss may need your help to get the HR department to up the ante for the entire department.

  6. Becca says:

    ! So true—never, ever take a counteroffer, for all the above reasons.

  7. Anna M. says:

    Great article and perfect timing! All apply to my current situation and I”m pleased to say “my growth, determination, loyalty and perseverance in my coding career is my continued goal”.
    Thank you for confirmation I’m on the right path.

  8. DENISE D. says:

    The reasons listed here are valid! A previous co-worker found another job and our employer at that time, counter offered her and she stayed. They fired her 2 weeks later… If you are planning to go, GO!