What is employee psychological safety and who at work should be in charge of it?

Psychological safety is still a relatively new term that continues to be at the forefront of the watercooler talk of human resources (HR) and occupational health and safety (OHS) leaders. It is also becoming a growing topic of concern for senior executives in corporate Canada. Psychological safety impacts employee decision-making and their capacity to process information. When employees' psychological safety is being negatively impacted by the workplace environment (such as when an employee is being bullied), this stress can increase their risk for workplace errors that can lead to serious incidents. One major benefit of psychological safety is that it frees employees' mental capacity to focus on achieving the organization’s goals rather than on self-protection. 

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.