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Psychological Safety Improves Workers’ Physical Safety


Psychological safety may sound like a fluffy notion, but it can be integral to producing real results that lead to a safer and more productive workplace, according to a Harvard Business School professor. Team meetings are the true test of whether workers feel psychologically safe. If workers fear repercussions for voicing their questions, concerns, or suggestions during a team meeting, or if they believe their opinions will be dismissed as unimportant, employers may lose critical opportunities for obtaining information from workers, such as identifying hazards sooner and setting more effective safety benchmarks.

Employers that understand the importance of psychological safety and idea sharing are taking an important step toward creating an overall culture of safety in the workplace. Although it is impossible to eliminate all hazards, open discussion can go a long way toward proactively identifying potentially dangerous situations in processes, machinery, and equipment.

In addition, safety in the workplace encompasses mental health, as well as physical wellbeing. When team members understand their roles, plans, and goals, work becomes more satisfying and less stressful. Employers can help foster psychological safety by following these practices:

  • Encourage active listening
  • Establish ground rules for employee interaction, such as refraining from interrupting or insulting others
  • Lead by example by asking for worker feedback

Studies indicate that workers are reluctant to offer opinions if their initial suggestions have been rejected. Encouraging teams to share feedback and responding respectfully to others is a great way to help workers overcome that reluctance.

Workplace safety may be affected by a variety of factors, including those which are environmental, occupational, industrial, economic, and psychological. If you or someone you love has been injured at work or contracted an occupational illness, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. To find out the value of your claim, reach out to a qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP before you attempt to file. Our skilled attorneys can do the paperwork for you and ensure all forms are filed prior to the deadline to preserve your eligibility status. Fill out our online form or call us at 267-589-0090 today for a free consultation. We assist employees throughout Pennsylvania from our Philadelphia office.

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