Healthy workplaces revolve around this concept of psychological safety. We have been hearing these two words quite often these days. But what is psychological safety and how can organizations foster it? At Nobody Studios, we strongly believe that when employees feel comfortable asking for help, sharing suggestions informally, or challenging the status quo without fear of negative social consequences, we will innovate quickly, unlock the benefits of diversity, and manage change better.
Positive team climate and culture is the most important driver of psychological safety. Organizations can start to foster a positive workplace culture in the following ways:
Go beyond one-off training programs and deploy an at-scale system of leadership development.
Invest in leadership-development experiences that are emotional, sensory, and create aha moments.
Build mechanisms to make development a part of leaders’ day-to-day work.
Check out this recent McKinsey report for a recipe for leadership that promotes psychological safety, plenty of research and a pretty compelling case for developing leaders of all levels.