The Duke of Sussex has issued a new rallying cry, stating that quitting should be ‘celebrated.’ The fact that more people are deciding to put their mental health and happiness first by leaving jobs that don’t make them happy should be “celebrated,” according to Prince Harry.
In a new interview, Prince Harry discussed how certain job resignations can benefit one’s mental health.
For the first time, the Duke of Sussex discussed his role as chief impact officer at BetterUp, a coaching and mental health firm founded in California eight years ago. Harry touched on job resignations and burnout as one of the topics he discussed.
These issues, according to the Duke, were “brewing for quite some time” before Covid brought them to the forefront of people’s minds. People are “finally paying attention” to the importance of mental fitness in the workplace, according to Harry, who believes we are in the midst of a “mental health awakening.” “I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with [BetterUp science board member] Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad,” he told Fast Company. “In fact, it’s a sign that self-awareness necessitates change.” “Many people all over the world have been stuck in jobs that don’t make them happy, and now they’re prioritizing their mental health and happiness.” “This is a cause for celebration.”
In March, Harry became a member of BetterUp, a company that provides mental health services and coaching to individuals and businesses. The Duke, who has long been an advocate for mental health and has spoken openly about his own struggles, has a wide range of responsibilities as chief impact officer, including public advocacy on mental health, philanthropy, product strategy, and advising the company on how to use capital raised through its commitment to Pledge 1 % – an initiative that encourages companies to donate 1% of staff time, profit, or equity to charitable causes.
During the interview, Harry also revealed that BetterUp worked with his former patronage, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, “earlier this year.” In 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were named President and Vice President of this organization, which supports young leaders throughout the Commonwealth. They resigned in February after informing Her Majesty that they would not be returning to their full-time positions as senior members of the Firm.