Have you often wondered why you do not feel comfortable voicing opinions? Most workers in the corporate organization think that they are the ones who lack confidence which is why they cannot express their opinions clearly. However, it is also the organizational responsibility to provide an inclusive work environment to ensure psychological safety among employees. Cooperative teamwork promotes a culture of teamwork and effective collaboration. Individuals do not perform to their maximum levels if the workplace environment is not psychologically conducive to collaboration. Psychological safety is crucial in the workplace, where people do not feel humiliated or punished for voicing their opinions or concerns. Accountability for actions is another sign of a productive organization, and without psychological safety, there is a lack of responsible behavior and team development. Psychological safety is like a shared belief where one individual has the confidence to engage in a constructive conversation with another without any fear of rejection.
Need for Psychological Safety for a High-performing Team
A survey conducted by Google found that psychological safety was necessary to make a person feel secure and to increase their performance. An effective team is mainly because of how the team members treat each other. Amy C Edmondson coined the phrase “psychological safety” as a belief shared between team members and reflected the supportive interpersonal relationship. The post-Covid world is filled with uncertainties resulting in the changing landscape of the business sector. Companies must have the latest technologies and modern business tools to achieve high-performing teams. Psychological safety is a part of the culture of teamwork where an organization understands that failure is one of the outcomes. Instead of ridiculing workers, they should take steps to reduce errors by making them feel safe. The Project Aristotle implemented by Google interviewed 180 teams which showed that high-performing teams had practiced psychological safety, which was at the top of the list. Another study found that 20% of team members do not feel safe voicing their opinions and ideas, which reduces their performance.
Impact of Psychological Safety on Team Performance
The impact of psychological safety can be witnessed in the organization and not only in a particular team. The following are some of the different benefits listed below.
The above are the four significant impacts of psychological safety, which increase creativity in the workplace by making workers safe and secure. There is also an increase in the culture of team development where individuals feel safe approaching each other with their problems. All these factors lead to high performance and productivity of the organization and increase employee engagement with their work.
Tips to Improve Psychological Safety
Psychological safety and team development are interdependent. For an organization to progress in the business scenario, the company needs to strengthen its brand image. In this regard, psychological safety given to their workers will ensure highly productive teams and increase revenue.