I work in California and have recently been offered a similar position with a new company. I turned in my resignation letter today and my boss asked me what it would take to make me stay. I told him that if they increase my salary to match the new offer I would stay.
After he talks with his boss and HR, he tells me that they will match the offer but they want to see a hard copy first.
I’m wondering if this is violating my privacy rights to salary information. I’m also hesitant to provide a copy of the new offer because I do not want to jeopardize this new position if the negotiations fall-out. Perhaps I could mark out the name and contact information of the new company….
I think you should thank your boss for his confidence in you, and take the new job and leave.
Because you went looking for a new job for a reason and it’s highly doubtful that that reason was money. Oh sure, we all want more money. Me too. But, money is rarely the reason why people start looking for a new job.
I hear screaming from the crowd. The crowd is saying, “But I just went out looking for more money! I didn’t have any other reason for looking for a new job. I love my job! I do! I just want more money.!”
Sure, fine. So, why did your boss not offer you more money before you presented him with an offer from a new company? Hmmm?
I believe it was because the company you worked for did not value you any higher.
Sure, your boss would love to give you more money but company policies prevent it.
Stupid company. They need to be watching out for their best people and meeting their needs. And if you truly loved your boss you wouldn’t have been out looking for a new job in the first place.
There is another reason why you went out job shopping. Think about that. Most people who accept counter offers leave within a year anyway.
If you decide you want to continue on with the negotiations, go ahead and show them the offer letter. If you are concerned that doing this will jeopardize your job offer, that means you don’t trust your boss or the HR person. Why on earth are you staying with a company where you don’t trust your boss not to actively screw you over?
Think about that for a moment.
Take the new job and good luck.