Psychological safety not yet on the radar of most senior leaders

Psychological safety, though important, is not yet on the radar of all senior leaders of small, medium and large organizations. It hasn’t yet attained the same level of commitment and attention as physical safety. Why? Physical safety became a burning platform for many organizations to respond to because of changes in federal and provincial legislation that defined their role and responsibility with respect to this issue. The introduction of safety inspectors who can shut down a workplace and levy fines for unsafe workplaces put physical safety on senior leaders’ radars to fund, support and monitor. In addition, financial risk and costs linked to employees who get hurt in the workplace — workers’ compensation insurance premiums — were motivators for senior leaders to pay attention to physical safety.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research & development officer, workforce productivity, for Morneau Shepell.