Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Are your employees holding back from sharing honest thoughts and opinions during meetings? Do you think they’re not taking enough risks for fear of failing? Do you feel like there are work issues you’re unaware of? These things happen in organizations where employees don’t feel psychologically safe.

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What is Psychological Safety in the Workplace?


Psychological safety encourages open communication, trust, and mutual respect among team members. When employees feel psychologically safe, they are more likely to take risks, share their ideas, and engage in open communication. This fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment where creativity and innovation can flourish. Psychological safety also enhances employee engagement, as individuals feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. It promotes learning from mistakes and constructive feedback, leading to continuous improvement and growth. 


A study by the Center for Creative Leadership showed that nearly 300 leaders over 2.5 years found that teams with high degrees of psychological safety reported higher levels of performance and lower levels of interpersonal conflict.


How to Help Employees Feel Psychologically Safe in the Workplace:


1.Cultivate Trust

Trust is the foundation of psychological safety. Leaders should foster an environment where employees trust one another and feel respected for their ideas, experiences, and contributions.


2.Establish Clear Expectations

Clearly define behavioural norms and expectations within the team. Emphasize the importance of respect, inclusivity, and constructive feedback. This helps employees understand the boundaries and feel more confident in expressing themselves.


3.Embrace Learning and Growth

Promote a growth mindset where mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities rather than failures. Encourage experimentation and risk-taking, while providing your employees the support and guidance they may need.


4.Lead by Example

Leaders play a crucial role in cultivating psychological safety. They should lead by example, demonstrate vulnerability, and acknowledge their own mistakes. 


 By prioritizing trust, open communication, and support, organizations can cultivate an environment where individuals feel safe to take risks, share their ideas, and grow both personally and professionally. The benefits of psychological safety positively impacts team dynamics and overall organizational performance. 


P2L’s Psychological Safety Training Course provides organizations the knowledge and skills to create an inclusive and psychologically safe workplace, where everyone feels valued, respected, and free to express their thoughts and ideas without fear of judgment. To learn more about this training course, email us at

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