It’s happened to most of us at one point or another: you turn in your notice at a job, and the company scrambles to make a counteroffer designed to make you want to stay. It can be tempting, especially if the raise or benefits they’re offering are sweet enough compared to the job (we hope) you’re headed to, but in almost every case it’s a bad idea to take the counteroffer. Here’s why.

Putting aside the notion that even if you take the counteroffer, you’ll always be “that person who resigned but stayed for the money,” it’s worth remembering that counteroffers are usually made when a company—or a manager—is in panic mode and doesn’t want to suddenly lose a potentially valuable employee—at least not until they can be replaced easily. So while you may take the counteroffer, enjoy the fatter paycheck or bigger bonus, and think everything is okay, it’s very likely that your management is working on ways to work around you or replace you so they can eventually eliminate an “at risk” employee, one they assume will start looking for a new job eventually again anyway.

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