Resigning? Never Accept a Counter Offer!

Dr Stuart Woolley
8 min readJan 21, 2021

This is a strategy that fails not only the company but also, more importantly for you, the employee.

Why People Resign

People leave their jobs all of the time, it’s nothing new. And neither is it as frowned upon as it would be in generations past when often jobs were considered as jobs “for life” and people would say that “you’re lucky to have one and you should be grateful.”

Fortunately, the onus has changed somewhat with the happiness and fulfilment of the employee now taking more focus in the workplace. The responsibility for this now, at least partly, falls on the employer — by offering more appropriate pay and amenable conditions in order to retain employees.

There are, of course, many different reasons why people decide to move on. I’m going to list a few of the ones that stick out in my memory below, either from personal experience or from people I’ve spoken to. More often it’s a combination of items which ultimately lead to the decision to resign.

  • Boredom
    The job is no longer challenging you enough to captive interest and work time has become mundane, dreary, and you feel you’re wasting your valuable time.
  • Money
    It just doesn’t pay enough to make ends meet or you feel that you deserve more compensation for your skills.
  • Toxicity
    The workplace, management, or combination of both has become intolerable and is taking a toll on you mentally.
  • Commuting
    The travel to and from the workplace either takes an unacceptable amount of time and cuts into your personal too much or has become just too expensive to sustain.
  • Stress
    Induced by a combination of one or more of the above.

Company Failure

As a software engineer in a technical discipline most people I’ve encountered have either left to pursue other opportunities as a result of boredom with their work or because they feel they weren’t being compensated enough for their qualifications, skills, or experience.

I lie the blame of insufficient compensation right at the feet of the employer. When an engineer becomes more skilled and capable their compensation should rise in equal measure. To me, that’s just…



Dr Stuart Woolley

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.