Work Team Health: Psychological Safety
Psychological Safety is the shared belief among members of a work team that is is safe to take risks, admit you don't know something, offer a new idea, or challenge the way things currently operate.
Psychological Safety can be measured in 4 areas: Learner Safety, Collaborator Safety, Inclusion Safety, and Challenger Safety. There is increasing research that indicates that psychological safety is the most important factor in determining a team's likelihood of success. Psychological Safety is also a major determinant of emotional wellbeing at work, job satisfaction, innovation, and employee engagement. These factors are directly related to a work team's ability to retain valued employees. Here are some resources to help you learn more about psychological safety:
Organizational Assessment – Psychological Safety Survey
- Amy Edmonson – Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace
- Simon Sinek - Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe