Dave Willner, the head of trust and safety at OpenAI, resigned from his post to spend more time with his family. He disclosed the same in a post on LinkedIn. Willner posted on LinkedIn that he has some “bittersweet news” to offer, as he will no longer be working for OpenAI and will instead transition into an advisory role.
He continued by expressing his pride in his team and how far it has come since he joined. He continued by saying that he and his wife, who is employed with OpenAI, had made it quite clear that nothing comes before family.
Willner noted that due to the additional workload following the ChatGPT launch, he is having trouble upholding his side of the contract. He indicated that he will be assisting early-stage businesses so that he can spend more time with his family, when discussing his next course of action.
When discussing his desire to put his family first, Willner said, “OpenAI is going through a high-intensity phase in its development and so are our kids. I want to prioritize my kids over work. That tension can be felt by anyone who has small children and a demanding career, and for me, it became clear over the past few months that I would have to choose between the two.”
Willner is not the only technologist who values work-life balance more than a big salary. Techies are willing to take lower income if it means a better living, according to a survey by job posting website Blind.