Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It can be defined as saying what you believe without fear of negative consequences of self-image, status or career. In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected.
So do you feel psychologically safe?
I ask this question because I had an awesome experience of company-wide psychologically safety at work yesterday. Our larger leadership team met for the day and really dug into lingering issues and new opportunities, and spoke truth to the CEO, our company leaders, and ourselves.
This happens at other firms too, of course, but I’ve found it very rare. Usually, I’m one of the few people brave enough to speak my mind, and I’ve won and lost in doing so.
Love your job if you have psychologically safety
In talking about that session at my work with my colleagues, we were all in agreement that it was an impressive display of psychologically safety for the whole company and that feeling of safety to speak our minds made us really enjoy working here.
If you are also lucky enough to work at an organization with psychologically safety, enjoy it and be proud of such a positive work culture.
And if not… well, that’s the list below is for.