We’ve discussed before what it means to accept an offer of employment from an organization. We concluded that accepting an offer means that you’re giving your word that you will leave your current employer and start work with that organization.
We also concluded that you should not accept an offer of employment unless you are 100% sure that you are going to start work for that company.
Unfortunately, there are some professionals in the marketplace who do not view things in this fashion. This can be problematic, especially if they do something that might hurt them later in their career. This is what is known as “burning bridges,” and typically, once you “burn a bridge,” it’s pretty much impossible to rebuild it.
With all of that being said, what you should NOT do with an offer of employment is immediately tell your boss or supervisor that another company made you an offer before you’ve even let the other company know if you’ve accepted it or not. Why would somebody do this?
They would do this because they’re trying to use the offer to get more money, benefits, or some other thing from their current employer. After all, they didn’t give their two-week notice to their boss. They simply told their boss that they received an offer from another company.
Basically, they’re hoping their boss will start to worry that they can’t afford to lose them as an employee and that their boss will then offer something to entice them to stay. If that’s what the person was hoping would happen all along, then they might be in luck. But how lucky is the person, really? Could this whole scenario backfire on them in some way?
It certainly could. In fact, below are some of the ways that it could backfire:
- The candidate could receive a counter-offer, accept it, and then lose their job shortly thereafter. (This happens far more often than you might think.)
- The candidate could receive a counter-offer, accept it, and then does not receive their next raise. (Because they received it early in the form of the counter-offer.)
- The candidate could receive a counter-offer and accept it, but the hiring manager of the other employer is never going to seriously consider them for a position again.
- The candidate’s boss could take too long to make a counter-offer, and by the time the candidate goes back to the other employer, its offer is “off the table.” Now the candidate is forced to stay at their current employer, and their boss might believe that they’re disloyal.
Once again, how you handle an offer of employment is very important. Act with integrity, regardless of whether or not you decide to accept it.
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