Not happy with your job? Prince Harry says just pack it in

ended 06. December 2021

Newspage asked small business owners around the UK what they thought about Prince Harry saying if you're not happy in your job, you should consider quitting for your wellbeing. A selection of responses are below.


16 responses from the Newspage community

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"This fella really does live in cloud cuckoo land doesn't he? Sure, most people would love to chuck in a job they hate, but the reality is a different thing entirely. I am sure they say that a massive chunk of working people are only 2 or 3 pay packets away from losing everything. Perhaps our young Prince should start to engage his brain more before his lips move."
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"Life is too short to be miserable. We don't have to suffer. Often as a Clinical Psychologist I work with people who are so entrenched in their thinking styles that it feels like the stress and pressure will keep on building and that they have no control. Over time people can begin to see that they might only be 4-8 weeks away from a new job and a whole new vista which changes their outlook and makes everything seem easier. That said, when resigning from work it is important to consider whether you can meet your financial obligations and not be destitute as a result of any resignation. In April 2021, I went from side hustle to main hustle and I have definitely seen for myself the benefit of being the keeper of my own destiny."
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"To be fair, I can see where Harry is coming from as I’m a big fan of taking control and not just accepting the situation you find yourself in. Having a permanent job is no longer all it’s cracked up to be, especially if it makes you unhappy. Consider the alternatives of temping, working in the gig economy, or going self-employed, all of which can actually be more stable than traditional jobs, plus you can pick and choose who to work for, where and when you work. So yes, if you’re in a job which makes you unhappy then you should quit, but only if you have a plan. Whatever you do, make sure you can afford it financially, which is not something Prince Harry needs to worry about."
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"How we feel about work can be influenced by multiple factors not least our mental health. When we are under stress, feeling overwhelmed or traumatised, as many have been over the past year and a half, we are often not in the best place to make complex decisions about whether or not to leave our jobs, change career, or confront our bosses. It is important that we each take time to weigh up our individual circumstances, the impact of our choices and whether anything can be done to improve our experience at work before leaping into the unknown."
"Harry, know your audience. Whilst I agree with what Harry has said, it's not a viable option for the vast majority of working people. I'm sure thousands would love to pop the middle finger to their bosses and call it a day, but it's just not possible when you have to pay a mortgage, bills and try to have a life. That said Harry, you're not going to know what that's like - however that's not your fault to be fair."
"It’s never a good idea to leave a job unless you are financially in a position to do so, so this is a very sweeping statement from Prince Harry. However if you are not happy in your job see if there is something you can do about it, and work out what is making you unhappy. Put steps and plans in place and start looking around, the market has plenty of opportunities at the moment. This may well be the statement employers need to consider how they are treating their staff. It doesn’t take much to show a little bit of appreciation."
"I think the pandemic has made people think about their quality of life rather than the contents of their bank account. You are at work for on average 2080 hours a year, so you need to be happy in what you do. Take time to decide what is right for you and don't make any knee jerk reactions. Do you need that massive house and a mortgage that makes your eyes water or maybe just get a smaller property and enjoy life in a job that makes you want to get up in the morning?"
"Whilst I agree that none of us should be stuck in a job we hate. Quitting without either a 'stuff it' emergency fund or a replacement job lined up would be foolhardy. Most people are just one pay day away from disaster, and not many of us have a trust fund to fall back on. In addition to the immediate concerns of how would you pay your bills, there is the risk that if you get into financial difficulties you could damage your credit rating and therefore your longer-term financial future." As an ex-serviceman, I'd have thought Prince Harry might have had more awareness of the risks of a sudden job loss.
"If you quit your job with out the means to support yourself, I am pretty sure that the stress of 'where the next meal will come from' might be equally bad for your mental health."
"Unfulfilling work is soul destroying, so in that sense I agree with Prince Harry. Better to quit and do something else. Assuming you can afford to of course, or have another job lined up."
"Harry is right. In 2021 there are so many opportunities to be both employed and self-employed, why would anyone work a job they really hate? I believe they are calling it the "Great Resignation". Technology is enabling more and more people to quit their jobs and work on their own terms. He even quit the royal family, so I am sure you can quit your horrible job."
"Well done, congratulations and thanks for nothing Harry. If you have a bank balance the size of a small county, it's easy to say things like that. My wife worked for the NHS as a community health care assistant with the district nurses and her mental health was massively affected and she didn't receive the support she needed. So she left, started her own business and a few months later Covid hit our shores and she was forced to close her beauty business. Today with everything still unclear and uncertain in the world, trying to bounce back is affecting her mental health again. But this time she cannot just walk away, because of the debt she has accrued over the past year. Harry, the grass is not always greener, we love you but sometimes you just need to keep the voices inside your head."
"I think Prince Harry has a point: being aware that the job you're doing may be causing you harm is a major step forward. However, not everyone has the luxury to just quit and then look around - most have to keep earning before they take the plunge. But actually knowing there's a reason can be a tremendous help. That can give you purpose to look elsewhere, knowing what to avoid. But also there may be ways of changing your job without changing your employer; after all it costs an employer to recruit and train, so it should be in their interest to keep you. And if they preside over a toxic environment, you won't be the only one."
"Throwing in the towel is not usually the answer. A footballer's career is relatively short, 10-20 years, and so quitting is not the most sensible thing. A better option would be to think about why you are unhappy and then put steps in place to ensure you are in an environment where you can do your best and grow as a person."
"Whilst I do find his flippancy frustrating, I hope this opens up a discussion around a world where this can happen. A world with universal basic income so that, if you hate your job, you can quit. It would make employers have to become more attractive to work for and research the result would be a happier and more productive workforce."
"Prince Harry's sentiment is sound but the practicality of quitting your job, for most people, isn't simple. As a financial coach and planner, I'd recommend having several months of easily accessible cash set aside, which can really help if you want to change jobs. Sadly, most of us don't have that level of cash reserve, so Harry's advice may sound a bit frivolous. It's true that to achieve our purpose in life, we need to find a career that we love, that pays well, that we're good at and that the world needs. But the grass is not always greener, so whilst quitting is easy, finding a long term and rewarding replacement is not so straightforward."