"This couldn't be happening at a worse time."
"He's one of my best people. If I let him quit now, it'll wreak havoc on the morale of the department."
"I've already got one opening in my department. I don't need another right now."
"This will probably screw up the entire vacation schedule."
"I'm working as hard as I can and I don't need to do his work, too."
"If I lose another good employee, the company might decide to ‘lose’ me too."
My review is coming up and this will make me look bad."
"Maybe I can keep him on until I find a suitable replacement."
"My word, we're working with a skeleton crew already. If I lose this one, we'll all be working around the clock just to stay even."
What will the boss say to keep you in the nest? These comments are common:
"I'm really shocked. I thought you were as happy with us as we are with you. Let's discuss it before you make your final decision."
"Aw gee, I've been meaning to tell you about the great plans we have for you, but it's been confidential until now."
"The V.P. has you in mind for some exciting and expanding responsibilities."
"Your raise was scheduled to go into effect next quarter, but we'll make it effective immediately."
"You're going to work for who?"
"How can you do this in the middle of a major project? We were really counting on you." (They're always in the middle of one.)