At Emergent Safety we recognize that safety is more than physical protection. Psychological wellbeing is equally important, especially as we come out of a pandemic that altered our everyday lives. As so many adults spend the majority of their day (and lives) working, we believe that a positive workplace culture will cultivate greater psychological wellbeing. Furthermore, a workplace that focuses on employees’ mental health is more likely to grow and succeed. In fact, a four-year study Google conducted suggests feeling psychologically safe at work is the primary predictor of success. (Link: Google’s four-year study)
At Emergent Safety, we frequently discuss the culture we want to create each and every day. We have an open-door policy and communicate across departments frequently, to not only serve our customers better, but to build a strong organization where employees take pride in their individual roles. We strive to work as a cohesive team and recognize the strengths and uniqueness of each employee to foster a psychologically healthy workplace culture. We encourage employees to express their individualism where appropriate in their workspace and take ownership of their job. Employees who feel like they can be themselves on the job will not feel like just another cog in the machine.
Keeping a safe work environment (physically and psychologically) helps an employer keep top talent. Employees that feel safe and valued are more likely to be content in their position and not look for another job. Whereas an unhealthy workplace culture will often experience frequent personnel turnaround. A team that feels needed and appreciated will also feel psychologically safe. Loyalty from employees can be encouraged by expressing appreciation and trust for the work they do regularly.
Psychological safety in the workplace even affects an employer’s reputation among potential employees, making it harder to recruit top talent if word gets around that the culture is psychologically damaging or excessively unsafe. Most workers have experienced at least one job with a toxic work culture, and will avoid any job, no matter the pay, that shows signs of being unsafe. Promoting a safe work culture all around will aid companies in attracting and retaining top talent.
With people as every workplace’s greatest resource, protecting the psychological safety of employees should be made a priority in the workplace.