Author: Matt Manners, Media Planet
At work, people are held more accountable for intolerable actions that they might get away with outside of work. But does that mean that everyone is “psychologically safe”? This can be defined as: “being able to show one’s true self without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career.” In psychologically safe teams, individuals feel accepted and respected. But studies show that only 5 per cent of us feel it.
When psychological safety is present, team members think less about the potentially negative consequences of expressing a new or different idea than they would otherwise. As a result, they speak up more when they feel psychologically safe and are motivated to improve their team or company.
As we become more globalised and the world shrinks, cultures, beliefs, races, languages and sexualities are all intersecting like particles at the Hadron collider. This melting pot represents a feeding ground for the intolerant and for those who seek to intimidate.
So what’s the answer? This column isn’t long enough to answer that but my number one piece of advice is to ensure you are communicating in every way possible to your workforce that each employee has someone that it’s safe to talk to without fear of reprisal. It might seem an obvious and simple tip but many keep walking past this fundamental requirement.
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