Psychological safety is a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking; it is the perception that the team environment is a respectful, trusting and safe place to take risks (Edmondson, 1999, p. 350; Porath, 2017). People who lack a sense of psychological safety tend to shut down, often without realising it. They are less likely to seek or accept feedback and less likely to experiment, discuss errors, and speak up about potential or actual problems.
Paying attention to team’s level of psychological safety is worth the effort as it leads to better employee performance, improved safety and health, and greater employee satisfaction and commitment. Research shows that employees thrive in psychologically safe workplaces. Thriving employees are not only satisfied and productive, but are also actively engaged in shaping their own and the organisation’s future (Porath, 2016; 2017).
Aleksandra offers a range of consultative services and professional development packages for organisations focused on creating psychologically safe workplaces. She helps organisations to develop a documented and systematic approach to sustain a psychologically healthy and safe work environment by identifying and eliminating hazards that are risks to the workers’ psychological health, assessing and controlling risks that can’t be eliminated, implementing initiatives that promote psychological health and safety, and fostering a culture that promotes psychological health, safety and wellbeing.