EMEA Virtual Roundtable: Psychological Safety – What Is It and How Do We Promote It?
When we talk about feeling ‘safe’ at work, what first comes to mind is our physical or functional safety. However, how safe do you feel psychologically? Do you feel safe to speak up, voice your opinions and ideas? Do you feel safe to make mistakes without fear of being ridiculed or punished? Do you feel safe (and empowered) to take risks? My hope is you can answer “yes” to these questions, but I know that’s often not the case.
We see this first hand when we are asked to either speak with executives or lead a workshop. If the organisation’s culture has a strong unwritten rule of not taking a risk, as many cultures do, the fear of making a mistake is palpable, which squashes creativity. To make a culture more innovative, a workplace needs to allow its employees to feel safe to share their ideas. When team members feel this level of ‘psychological safety’, the workplace is said to have an inclusive culture.
Previous Catalyst research found evidence that inclusive leadership behaviors were key to creating a climate of psychological safety, which in turn cultivated the right conditions to create high-performing teams characterised by inclusion and innovation.
Fast forward 5 years and the importance of psychological safety was again highlighted in our latest inclusive leadership report, Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership, where psychological safety: latitude and psychological safety: risk-taking were included in Catalyst’s 5 Hallmarks of Inclusion.
Join us for a discussion where Rikia Birindelli-Fayne, Director, Catalyst and Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst will take delegates through what is psychological safety, why it is so important to how teams function successfully (or not), and the inclusive leadership behaviours that promote psychological safety. This will be followed by a case study, and a relaxed, collaborative discussion on how to implement psychological safety in the workplace. Participants are also encouraged to share their organisation’s experiences, insight and practises.
We invite business leaders, HR professionals, D&I professionals, and champions of inclusion to join the dialogue. Registration is complimentary for Catalyst Supporters. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
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