Is your team at work psychologically safe? A team feels psychologically safe when individuals believe they won’t be exposed to interpersonal or social threats for engaging in learning behaviors such as asking for help, seeking feedback, admitting errors or lack of knowledge, trying something new, or voicing work-related dissenting views. Research has shown that the absence of such threats is strongly associated with team members bringing their whole self to work, expressing their creativity, talents, and skills, learning, and innovating.
Given the importance of psychological safety in creating inclusion and belonging at work, I spoke with Madison Butler, DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) practitioner and advocate for being human at work. In this episode, Madison and I discuss why psychological safety is critical to inclusion and diversity efforts and what each of us can do to create it.