Psychological safety is the cornerstone of high-performing teams. A team with a shared expectation that teammates will not embarrass, reject, or punish each other for sharing ideas, taking risks, or soliciting feedback, not only tend to perform better, but also engage in behaviours that contribute to greater success and innovation.
Google's famous Project Aristotle study found that psychological safety was the #1 predictor of team effectiveness.
But it's not just about performance. Teams with a high level of psychological safety also have higher levels of employee engagement, job satisfaction and retention.
In today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, psychological safety is more important than ever. With the shift to remote and hybrid work due to the pandemic, fostering a culture of psychological safety is essential to ensure that employees feel comfortable and supported, and can continue to collaborate and innovate effectively.
As a leader, it's important to make psychological safety a priority in your team. Encourage open communication, actively listen to feedback, and create an environment where it's okay to make mistakes. By doing so, you'll not only drive better results, but also create a more engaged and fulfilled workforce.
Let's all strive to create a culture of psychological safety in our teams. Your organisation, your team and your employees will thank you for it.