In a psychologically safe workplace, every employee feels comfortable, accepted, and respected. Although it may seem to be a simple and understandable thing, many companies fail to create a safe environment for their employees. For example, on some teams, junior members are not taken seriously during meetings and their opinions may be criticized more than others’ because of their lack of seniority. Sometimes, such an atmosphere becomes completely hostile, with employees being afraid to make the smallest mistake because they feel like nobody will ever forget it.
The psychologically safe environment allows employees to express their opinions and be actively involved in the working process regardless of their position. According to research by Google, the majority of employees consider a positive working environment one of their main priorities. Moreover, there is a correlation between the environment employees are working in and the success of the company.