Why do we need to Engage for Psychological Safety? The research is clear and compelling, a safe work space, where all employees are encouraged to use their voice and feel heard, yields many benefits for the organisation as well as the workforce. Organisations that invest in psychological safety can see an increase in employee engagement and motivation, leading to a 12% increase in productivity and 27% reduction in employee turnover, as reported by Gallup in 2017.
Innovation and creativity soars as we are encouraged to take risks and are reassured that it’s ok to fail … as long as we fail fast, learn, adapt and move on. This makes sense given that Neuroscience shows the negative impact fear has on analytical thinking and problem solving. Fear freezes the brain, causes memory issues and results in us second-guessing ourselves.
Gallup recently estimated that global businesses lose approximately $7 trillion each year due to lack of motivation. Whereas Harvard Business Review report 72% of businesses agree that recognition impact engagement positively.
There are also compliance drivers too, such as the ISO45003, the global standard for ensuring Psychological Health in the workplace which started to gain pace in 2021.
There are many good sources giving advice on psychological safety in the workplace and what this entails. At TheEngagementWorks, we believe in simplifying complex issues and programs where possible. We believe Psychological Safety in the workplace comes down to three main factors; Creating a Speak-up culture so everyone’s voice can be heard, lifting a mirror so leaders and colleagues alike start to consider their strengths, weaknesses and how they portray themselves, and ensuring recognition for achievements and a job well down.
These steps are ever evolving as we progressively improve and require continuous measurement to ensure we are on track. At the top of our Engagement for Psychological Safety wheel is the need to connect as humans first if we are to effectively collaborate in the increasingly digital world.
We believe we have the best solution to power your organisation in its journey to Psychological Safety in the Workplace and have forged strong partnerships with dedicated professionals who are waiting to guide you, and take on the heavy lift for those who are searching for a managed service.
Our Engage tool is easy to implement, easier to use and takes all the work out of analysing results with our one-touch realtime data analytics. We open the leadership team’s ears with the authentic voice of the employee on topics important to the organisation and to the workforce.
Monitor the mood of the workforce and get an early heads-up of potential issues and address before escalating. Unlimited fun and interactive quizzes can be created to support ongoing campaigns which allow us to measure how communications are being delivered, understood and retained.
Realtime email and mobile notifications, feedback reports, employee team segmentation are just some of the features available.