Psychological safety in the workplace

Psychological safety may sound complex, but it is just a fancy way of saying that your employees feel safe to be vulnerable, to take risks in front of their teammates and that they won’t be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.

Gone are the days where you have the person in charge who is in complete control, while the employees follow obediently and silently along. Modern workplaces have realised the benefits of promoting a psychologically safe environment. In these workplaces, employees:

  • feel safe to share opinions, thoughts, and ideas
  • provide honest and frequent feedback
  • aren’t afraid to have difficult conversations
  • ask questions during meetings
  • can share their ideas and thoughts
  • support colleagues
  • know their colleagues on a personal level
  • treat others how they like to be treated
  • collaborate and share ownership 
  • trust management and their word
  • are willing to take moderate risks
  • have a learning mindset
  • are solution-focused
  • are curious and innovative
  • embrace change
Work Environment
  • are more engaged at work
  • less likely to quit
  • feel comfortable owning up to mistakes

How can you promote Psychological Safety in your workplace?

Lead by Example

Encourage Learning & Growth

Communicate & Listen

Create the right environment and culture

Trust in your team and be genuine and supportive

To stay ahead of your competition, you need to use all your resources and your employees are one of your greatest assets. Even if you implement some of these suggestions, you will be on the right path to creating a psychologically safe workplace and your business will improve as a result.

The Money Edge | Kerri Schulz | Bundaberg

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