The importance of psychological safety for leaders

South Australian Business News
Cindy Jackway
Thursday, August 10th 2023

In today’s rapidly changing and high-pressure work environments, leaders play a pivotal role in promoting the well-being and productivity of their teams. 

Beyond ensuring physical safety, leaders must also identify and manage psychosocial hazards in the workplace to healthy and safe work environment.

Psychosocial safety refers to the organisational climate and practices that protect employees’ mental health and emotional well-being.

It is influenced by the quality of relationships within the team, the level of autonomy given to employees, the fairness of policies, achievable job demands and the presence of adequate resources and support systems. 

When leaders prioritise psychosocial safety, they create an environment where employees are valued, respected, and able to perform at their best.

Leaders who invest in psychosocial safety reap the benefits. Expect employees to experience reduced stress levels and a greater sense of job satisfaction. When individuals feel psychologically safe, they are more likely to take risks, share ideas, and contribute creatively to their teams, which fosters an environment with thriving innovation and problem-solving abilities.

Importantly, psychosocial safety also enhances employee engagement. Team members who feel supported by their leaders are more committed to an organisation and its objectives. As a result, staff turnover rates decrease, ensuring knowledge and skills are maintained within the business.

The South Australian Business Chamber has released a half-day program that explores psychosocial hazards in the workplace, how to review existing hazard identification and risk management frameworks, and assists in determining whether all reasonably practicable steps are being taken to ensure a safe working environment.

Psychological Safety for Leaders — Training Course

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Cindy Jackway

Training Manager
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