If we don’t feel psychological safety in our work environment, says this author, we are less productive, less likely to contribute, and more likely to leave the organization.
The feeling of safety comes from being expressive without fear of losing face. This does not mean we all have to agree all the time, rather when we don’t agree, we do so in a way that supports the person in their ideas, instead of putting them down such that they feel embarrassed for speaking up in the first place.
A good thing for us to consider in our day to day workings. The leader sets the tone, and the members of the group ensure the tenor of the working environment.
Have you ever worked on a team where you felt free to be yourself, speak your mind, and take risks? This dynamic is no accident. It's the result of deliberate actions a leader takes to foster what's known as "psychological safety."