Keeping a Psychologically Safe Workplace
A psychologically safe workplace is one where employees speak up, take risks, and make mistakes without punishment, repercussions, and ostracism. The business case for a psychologically safe workplace is the promise of improved engagement, reduced turnover, higher productivity, better attendance, and more ideas to solve problems. One dominant sign of a psychologically unsafe workplace is fear that leads to holding back on speaking up at meetings. Another is the inability to confide in a trusted coworker. In general, negativity in the workplace is contagious, so to play a role in maintaining a psychologically safe workplace, be self-aware. And then encourage inclusion and collaboration, and reward participation.