In a psychologically safe environment, people feel safe enough to be themselves because:
- they feel they're part of the group (inclusion safety),
- they know it's ok to make mistakes (learner safety),
- they feel safe enough to submit ideas (contributor safety), and
- they're not afraid to challenge opinions or voice concerns (challenger safety).
In addition to improving employee wellbeing, psychological safety within an organization promotes the sharing of diverse ideas, elevates creativity, and condones interpersonal risk taking that lead to learning and change.
This dynamic rewards thoughtful solutions after a variety of strategies are considered.
Indeed, feeling safe allows team members to whole-heartedly participate in the life of the organization by sharing and exchanging opinions. When ideas are debated with emotional intelligence, team performance is overwhelmingly better.