Prince Harry has said that people who quit jobs that did not give them “joy” during the pandemic should be “celebrated” as they put their mental health first.
The Duke of Sussex, who gave up his own role as a senior working king in January 2020, said the so-called “great resignation” – as it was called by economists – was the beginning of a “mental health awakening”.
Harry spoke as Chief Impact Officer of the professional coaching and psychiatry company BetterUp when asked about the trend towards increased burnout and layoffs in the workplace.
He said, “I recently found out, thanks to a chat with Adam Grant, a member of the BetterUp Science Committee, that many of the layoffs you mentioned are not all bad.
“In fact, it’s a sign that knowing yourself comes with the need for change.
“Many people around the world are stuck in jobs that they don’t enjoy and now they put their mental health and happiness first. We have to celebrate this.”
Exclusive: As Chief Impact Officer of the psychiatry company @BetterUp, Prince Harry tells us in a question-and-answer session that the reason for the great resignation “has been brewing for some time”. https://t.co/xqTnByzNio
– Fast Company (@FastCompany) December 6, 2021
He added, “Although on the surface it looks like the past few years have brought all of these issues to the fore, in reality these struggles and issues have arisen for quite some time.
“We are only at the beginning of the mental health awakening.”
The Duke’s Questions and Answers with Fast Company were posted on the same day the Duke of Cambridge’s discussions about his own mental health were posted on an audio tour for Apple.
San Francisco-based BetterUp is valued at $ 4.7 billion (around £ 3.5 billion) and Harry’s role, which he took on in March, includes product strategy, philanthropy, and public advocacy regarding mental health.
He is also involved in the company’s commitment to Pledge 1% – a movement that encourages companies to donate 1% of equity, staff time, products, or profits to their communities.
Harry said BetterUp envisioned a “world where everyone can grow and transform, and everyone has access to the support and care they need to thrive.”
He added, “Being open to your mind and having a support structure around you is critical to finding your own version of excellence, whether you are a global leader or an employee working from nine to five . “
Apple Fitness + Time to Walk encourages people to walk for their mental and physical health. In the episode released on Monday, Harry’s brother William recalled feeling like the whole world was dying as he struggled in his role as an ambulance pilot.
Harry was also open about his mental health problems as part of an Apple series.
On Apple TV’s The Me You Can’t See, Harry, co-host of the series, shared with Oprah Winfrey how the trauma of his mother’s death led him to use alcohol and drugs to “mask” his emotions and “less so to feel how I felt ”.