By Robert Half on July 17, 2018 at 6:00am


Senior managers across a variety of professional fields were asked, “Do you ever extend counteroffers to employees to keep them from leaving for another job?”

58% said YES

Senior managers were also asked, “How long do employees who accept counteroffers typically remain with your company?”

The average response was: less than 2 years

Those who extended counteroffers were asked why they’d want to retain an employee who is choosing to leave.

Top responses:*

  Don’t want to lose institutional knowledge of employee: 58%
  Don’t want to spend time or money hiring a replacement: 42%
  Don’t want rest of team to absorb extra workload: 35%
  Don’t want morale of team to suffer: 34%

*Multiple responses were permitted.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 5,500 hiring decision makers in the United States across a variety of professional fields, including finance and accounting, technology, legal, advertising and marketing, and human resources.

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