To rescind or not to rescind...
February 17, 2013 7:28 PM Subscribe
I’ve agreed to a job offer that I would now like to turn down. How do I best handle this situation?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
YANML but I'd like to hear your advice and what you'd do in my situation.
I live in Japan. I have worked for Company A for four years. For various reasons, I decided last fall that it was time to part ways and search for work elsewhere. After several interviews and offers, I accepted an offer at the end of 2012 (Christmas Day, actually) at Company B. The offer was for a permanent position starting from April, 2013. (Contract at Company A is set to expire at the end of March.) The salary was lower than what Company A paid and the cost of living would be higher, but I thought it was a good step in the right direction, career-wise. However, there were several large changes in Campany A’s organization after I accepted the offer from Company B—changes that have created career growth opportunities for me that were not there last year. But I decided to stick by my decision to leave. Excited about the offer from Company B I have spent the past month and a half preparing for the move and exchange emails in preparation for starting. Everything had been going according to plan, and life was good.
Until last week, when the President of Company A himself called me into his office for a chat. (A first for a low-ranking cog like me.) He got word that I was planning on leaving in April and would have nothing of it. Seeing opportunity, I asked about the possibility of a raise and a transfer in positions to work more in line with my career goals. To my surprise, he said yes, if I’ll stay on for another few years to help the company through its recent organizational changes.
After a lot of thought, I’ve decided I’d like to stay at Company A. I’m comfortable here, I'll make significantly more money, and I have a lot of hope for the new position it appears I’ll get. I feel absolutely awful about stiffing Company B, though, almost to the point where I feel I should just go ahead and move to Company B anyway. Well, not really, but almost. I mean, Company B has been extremely helpful and welcoming, and from what I know about their situation, for me to bail at this point will put serious screws on them (they are a smaller company), at least in the short term.
Anyway, my questions to everyone are: How would you handle this situation? What’s the best way to inform Company B of my decision to withdraw from the offer? (Other than tell them ASAP, obviously.) I imagine short and to the point is best, but I feel like I owe them an explanation with more substance than "sorry, I changed my mind."
In case it’s relevant, I never signed any employment contract after being offered the job at Company B, although I did confirm my intentions without provisions in an email. I know nothing of Japanese labor law, and I don't know whether or not the email agreement alone makes me legally liable for any loses on Company B's part.
Thanks in advance for your time and your advice.