Research, including insights from Project Aristotle at Google, has shown that psychological safety has a profound impact on team performance, innovation, and collaboration.
By prioritizing psychological safety, organizations have experienced enhanced team effectiveness, increased productivity, and higher employee engagement.
“The sense of being able to show and employ one’s self without fear
of negative consequences to self-image, status or career” William A Khan.
“We cannot change the human condition, but we can change the conditions under which people work.” James Reason, Professor of Psychology
Prof James Reason’s Swiss Cheese Model compares complex human systems to layers of Swiss cheese, where each layer is a defence against potential hazards.
But each layer has holes in the defence – things go wrong occasionally. Major problems occur when defence layers are all broken at the same time – when the holes hare aligned.
Organisational layers are like layers of Swiss cheese and our management systems help plug the holes, changing the conditions and enabling defences against things going wrong.
Safe Places To Work’s logo is based on this model. The three outer rings represent the organisational layers surrounding the circle in the middle that represents the individual.
The principles of preventing accidents and enabling physical safety can be applied to eliminating fear and enabling psychological safety in organisations.
The 4 layers: 1. Self 2. Team 3. Manager 4. Organisation
Research in psychology and neuroscience has identified enablers to psychological safety.
5 enablers are the basis of making SAFER.
Our workplace assessment
We conduct a 24-question survey that align the 5 enablers with the 4 layers of the organisation.
We identify dominant fear factors and produce a comprehensive report with recommendations for improvement.
We present our recommendations and seek your commitment developing and communicating an improvement plan.
By investing in a SMART improvement plan you will be accredited as a Safe Place To Work, subject to an annual audit.