People are unhappy in their job for a number of reasons. One tell-tale sign of unhappiness is that feeling of anxiety and dread when Sunday evening hits and you can’t stomach the thought of having to face another week at a place you loathe.

In a previous interview with DESTINY MAN, CEO of the South African Board for People Practices, Marius Meyers, said that the leading reason for people leaving their jobs and being unhappy at work was feeling undervalued.

“Employees don’t feel appreciated. They feel that their talents are not leveraged and optimised in the organisation. Yes, South Africa might have one of the highest job satisfaction rates in the world, but employees feel that they’re not getting appreciated and recognised,” Meyers said.

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While this is may be the case, if you’ve only been in the position/job for about six months or year and have an intense urge to leave, you might be leaving too early and jeopardising opportunities that may be coming your way.

Here are three reasons why leaving too soon could be a mistake.

You could be very close to a massive growth opportunity

Leaving your job too soon could see you missing a growth opportunity that could have presented itself in the very near future. Regina Moravek writes in The Muse that it is important for one to remember that most growth comes from someone being outside of their comfort zone, and going through the motions of whatever trials you’re facing at work could see you being rewarded in the long run. The challenges you’re facing could actually be more developmental than they are detrimental.

The grass is not always greener on the other side

Before you jump ship, it’s important to sit down in a quiet place and make a list of the pros and cons of your current job. You might actually be surprised to find that there are a lot more pros than there are cons.

This is important because the grass might not be greener on the side – in fact, it might just be a shade of brown.

“If you just accept anything on the grounds that it gets you out of what you’re in, chances are, you’re bound to experience regret and maybe even long for your former situation,” Movarek writes.

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Your reputation could be on the line

Leaving a job too soon could reflect badly on you to other potential employees. This is especially true if you have a history of job-hopping and never staying for extended periods with one company.

Moravek writes that when you leave a job, it should be something that is thoroughly thought-out and not necessarily driven by a feeling of desperation.

“It’s worth riding out a challenging situation for a few weeks or months so that you can better understand what’s contributing to your discomfort… it’s OK to interview for other jobs to get a feel for what’s out there and what you could be doing, but it’s not OK if it’s your escape method,” Moravek said.

Additional source: The Muse