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Why Counter-Offers are a Waste of Time and Money

Posted on November 2019

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It is important for employers in the German procurement and supply chain sector to retain talented and highly skilled employees, and it can be an employer’s worst nightmare to face a resignation on their desk from an important part of their team. It is tempting to immediately arrange a counter-offer in this situation to help keep top talent within the company.   

However, it is most likely that salary is not the primary motivating factor for your employee to look elsewhere for employment. They may be seeking career progression, or may not be enjoying their current working environment. In the vast majority of cases, offering a salary increase to a resigning employee will not solve any underlying problems, and may cause further issues down the line.   

This article outlines the reasons why counter-offers can prove to be a waste of time and money, and why it is ultimately the best idea to let your leaving employee seek pastures new, even when replacing that worker will be a long and costly process.  

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