We say 75% of employees who leave their job do so because of a boss or a superior. That was true in past decades. These same employees are easily identifiable since they often jump ship and go working for a concurrent or another employer in the same industry.

However, how comes these days we observe employees quitting completely their professional field, despite no job loss, injustice or difficult working conditions? Why an established employee who cumulates several years of experience in an organisation, would suddenly announce a career reorientation, despite enjoying stability, recognition, a great working environment, and enough money to retire in a few years?

We could understand a worker who does not succeed or monetize its job conveniently. But, when the same phenomenon spreads among employees who have no reason to complain or jump ship, questions arise about our society. That trend seem to be gaining in popularity. This article assess the question from a qualitative stand point.

A very few workers admit enjoying their work. That small proportion is constantly lowering down. How comes there is so much dissatisfaction at work among the active population?

The problem is the large majority works more for the benefit of others rather than for the self, ending up being in a position of submission and even sometimes slavery, or a functional position where the reward is still not enough to find personal balance and where only their left brain hemisphere is sought.

Here is a graph that shows the distribution of the population and, in grey the zone, where you should be in order to reach your career and life potential:


Something is obvious in this graph above. The majority of employees work under submission or in a function where the left brain hemisphere is predominantly sought. Very few jobs are offered on the market where one can use predominantly its right brain hemisphere. Note there is barely anybody living of a right brain hemisphere vocation, simply because a vocation is a total life dedication to one specific cause. A right brained person will tend to follow its heart and the heart will never allow the self to such an imbalanced lifestyle.


As you can see in the graph above, to be accomplished in its work an empower itself from his professional activities, an individual must find a balance between energy and time invested in its job in one hand, and money and happiness in the other hand. There is a maximum of money and time a worker can dedicate to its work, beyond which its entire life balance is compromised.

Case 1

If a person is monoparental with two children to drive in the morning, one to school and the other at day care, drives 25 km in heavy traffic back and forth every days, is paid $(£)30000 yearly for a full time job, odds are the person is exhausting its time and energy for not enough in return. Also, a minimum of satisfaction and reward must be given in return. The same person may need at least $(£)45000 a year to keep a positive financial balance, as well as good working atmosphere, comprehensive superiors and a flexible schedule.

That person is definately not in a position right now to get fully actualized. Perhaps if she can get information about business and labor support in her area, maybe she will find out that she can develop as a freelancer, working from home. If her current employer proposes she can work from home, she may also have enough room for a second income.

Case 2

Let’s take another person who work in parapublic services since a long time, with a union protection and just a few more years to go before to retire. That person just shows up at work with not much more effort and enthusiasm. That person cannot find any more sense to her life from her professional field. That same person has lately began to explore personal development and human growth, discovering that she has spent her entire life without doing something she loves. She can no longer go further in her job and wants to be living from her passion now. She’s split between her security and her desire to be happy. Since the hearts always prevail over reason, at least among right brainers, she end up quitting and start a new life.


In both cases, although the reasons why they left their jobs are different, they come together on one point, they could not find a balance at work and neither a sense to their life.

In the first case, a drastic life change will occur by transition. However the second case is the archetype of a social phenomenon that grows in popularity. More and more people do not comply anymore to society’s mainstream lifestyle. Personal development is exploding these years inviting many to redefine their career and change their life. The result is more and more people who we though settled in their job surprise their network announcing a 180 degrees turn in their career and the beginning of a second life.


The two graphs in this article are not the result of scientific research, but rather an illustration to represent theoretically a growing phenomenon observed in society this days. We shall take the datas with a grain of salt and please remain rationalin the way to use them.

By: Christian Theberge

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