If you’re good at what you do, chances are that when you turn in your resignation you will be offered more money to stay. Due to the scarcity of supply chain talent, employers will go to great lengths to retain their valuable employees.
Recently, I had a conversation over coffee with a VP of Supply Chain, and we discussed the typical reactions of hiring managers when an employee resigns. When you hand in your resignation letter, your boss is likely thinking, “How can we convince this person to stay a bit longer while we find a replacement?”
Your employer may offer more money, a more prestigious job title, or greater flexibility in your working hours. However, in the majority of cases, counter offers are merely an attempt to keep you around until they secure a replacement for your position. Various statistics indicate that the majority of individuals who accept counter offers end up leaving the company just a few months later. They either quit because the reasons prompting their initial decision to leave remain unaddressed, or they are eventually let go.
Some employees think the exit interview is an opportunity to negotiate a better offer, and there is some truth to that. Threatening to resign can temporarily place you in a position of power. However, once you’ve demonstrated your willingness to leave, your relationship with your employer undergoes a fundamental change. They will begin to question your loyalty and eventually seek a replacement for you.
Moreover, engaging in negotiation discussions can lead to complications and strained feelings. It is best to avoid discussions of counter offers altogether. Don’t burn a bridge! The world of supply chain is smaller than you think, and you never know when you might cross paths with your boss again in the future. Therefore, it’s advisable to make a clean break.
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