Prince Harry is firmly in support of all the people who have been quitting their jobs throughout the pandemic, especially if that career was negatively impacting their mental health.
During an interview with Fast Company about his new role as Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp, the royal was asked about how the company has adapted to address workplace trends that have sprung up during the pandemic, such as increased burnout and job resignations. “While on the surface it looks like these last couple of years brought all these issues to the foreground, the reality is these struggles and issues have been brewing for quite some time,” the Duke of Sussex replied. “We’re just at the beginning of the mental health awakening. This work has never been more important because people are finally paying attention, and a big component of this mission is building awareness and continuing to pioneer the conversation.”
Harry went on to explain that thanks to his work at the company, he’s come to learn “that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad. In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change. Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them joy, and now they’re putting their mental health and happiness first. This is something to be celebrated.”
The royal also revealed that he’s using his new position at the company to help another group close to his heart—veterans. “We’ll be working more with service members, veterans and their families. I can’t share the specifics just yet, but we’ll be working with a collection of government and nonprofit groups, offering resources to service personnel who are struggling [by] addressing their [issues] at the root cause,” Harry explained. “The work includes building support systems they need to build the mental fitness practices and psychological resources to face new challenges, build resilience, and unlock their own potential—both during active service and once they transition to civilian life.”
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