Psychological safety in the workplace

Why does this matter at work? What is the importance of psychological safety in the context of people management?

What Psychological Safety Means to Workers

Today, people are 10 times more likely to quit their jobs because of toxic work cultures.

Feeling psychologically safe at the workplace is a signal to our bodies that it is ok to be calm.

When people are in a state of calm, they are better able to concentrate and focus.

Making Your Workplace Psychologically Safe

1. Let go of your perfectionism

Research shows that perfectionist leaders tend to immediately react to mistakes, distrust employees who don’t display their perceived standard of excellence, and micromanage more often.

To build trust, let your team make mistakes, learn and grow on their own.

2. Blame culture is TOXIC

Effective leaders don't ask, “Who’s at fault.” They look for the solution instead: “Where did the process break down?”

3. Make your team feel valued

Tell but also show. When you say you're pushing for someone to get a raise, you do it.

Recognize your employees publicly and privately.

Ask your employees how they're feeling about their current work, what they're keen to learn more about, and offer support.

4. Tools to Foster Psychological Safety

To detect early indicators of dwindling feelings of psychological safety, consider Employee Engagement Software.

To see a comprehensive picture of your team’s effectiveness and collaborative well-being, use 360 Degree feedback software.

A recognition program that includes top-down, bottom-up, and peer-to-peer acknowledgment is ideal.

To build a workplace that empowers people from all different backgrounds.

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