Psychological safety in the workplace or psychological first-aid has been used to describe a team's emotional climate in which members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions. However, the term is often misinterpreted as being only about interpersonal relations.
In reality, psychological safety is the foundation for creating a safe collaboration between employees. Without this foundation, creating a safe and productive environment is extremely difficult to share ideas and create successful outcomes.
In a nutshell: Psychological Safety in the workplace means that employees are free of fear, stress, and anxiety, where employees feel safe enough to speak up, be open about mistakes, and fail or succeed in a group. It's a powerful motivational tool and an essential element of healthy collaboration.
Research has shown that
psychological safety in the workplace and safety within teams go hand-in-hand. If you want to have a successful team, you need to preach and practice psychological safety.
The benefits of psychological safety in a team are significant and often underestimated, which include:
• Improved team performance and problem-solving capabilities
• Lower attrition rates and employees who are more adaptable to change
• Better employee engagement and well-being
• Greater collaboration and knowledge sharing
• Stronger workplace diversity and inclusion
However, it is important to note that psychological safety does not mean everyone in a team has to be liked or have a good personality. It is an emotional climate, not a personality trait. This means that when someone expresses concern or speaks up, they do so because of the team's emotional climate.