This is a short post for a short piece of advice: Don’t accept the counteroffer.
If your current employer was unwilling to give you what you wanted and deserved before the other offer, has their mentality changed?
It is definitely a risky step: Telling your boss about that other offer you’ve just received. For once and all they will now the truth: You were thinking about leaving, you are thinking about leaving; you are not 100% satisfied.
Your new offer is from an employer who sees and comprehends your value. If your current employer wanted you to stay, they could have taken action to keep you on before
Could your current employer, knowing you were planning to leave, merely be buying time with the proposed raise until he/she can locate a replacement?
Employers generally extend counteroffers not because they are suddenly illuminated about an employee’s value to the organization, but because they fear that their immediate departure might bring disruption on productivity.
Statistics compiled by the National Association of Personnel Consultants confirm that over 80% of employees who decide to accept a counteroffer are no longer with the company six months later
If, after careful consideration of the facts, you decide to accept a counteroffer (insert whatever reason here), be sure to ask your current employer to confirm each and every detail of their offer in writing.