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Do Your Employees Feel Safe? Here’s How to Create a Psychologically Safe Workplace

You may have heard of psychological safety. It is an important element in positive team dynamics, particularly as it relates to fostering a supportive, productive and innovative company culture.

Harvard Business School professor and researcher Amy C. Edmondson first coined the term in 1999 in a research paper. In it, Edmondson defined psychological safety as “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking.” Essentially, psychological safety in the workplace is about the freedom to express ideas and pose solutions without fear of negative consequences.

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