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Psychological Safety

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by John Austin in Leadership, Safety

What have you tried or seen others do to effectively build psychological safety?

A psychologically safe environment is one where you feel that you can say things without fear of retribution from coworkers or leaders. This kind of thing does not widely happen on it’s own for most organizations, it requires nurturing.

Some leaders are very protective of people who speak their mind, whereas others don’t seem to pay any attention to it at all.

A study of over 20,000 workers in a range of industries found a relationship between how the worker rated their manager and the short term and long term health of the worker.

Others have found that leaders who create a psychologically safe environment have more productive, innovative, and physically safer teams.

Alternatively, inconsistent managers and those whose teams report low psychological safety are more likely to under-report or hide injuries.

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