Creating a Supportive Work Environment

You know what’s the opposite of a psychologically safe environment?

A defensive culture that’s filled with fear.

So, think about this for a moment: Do you feel psychologically safe at work?

Do you feel safe to take calculated risks, speak up, and even make small mistakes? 🤔

Statistically, most of you would say “no”.

But this week, I’m here to tell you that it may not be easy, but it can be done!

Building a psychologically safe workplace takes time, effort, and resources.

Many organizations have people brimming with ambition and ideas, yet they feel held back by these same workplaces.

This oversight can have huge effects.

Here’s what you can probably expect in a defensive environment.

Employees might…

  • Hold back questions, fearing how they’ll be perceived
  • Hide their true needs or gloss over mistakes, worried about the repercussions.
  • Not share brilliant ideas
  • Withhold feedback, as if sharing might lead to judgment or rejection

And in a more concerning scenario, employees might just stop trying to stretch beyond their comfort zones, leading to a stagnant, unfulfilling work life.

This kind of environment is more than just draining – it’s a direct contributor to the widespread dissatisfaction many are feeling in their careers.

So, let’s talk about the signs you’re in a psychologically safe workplace.

Here’s a quick PS checklist:

Open Communication: Is there a genuine culture of listening and sharing? Can team members express ideas and concerns without fear?

Valuing Diversity: Does your workplace actively embrace and respect diverse perspectives and backgrounds?

Learning from Mistakes: Are errors and setbacks viewed as learning opportunities rather than failures?

Supportive Environment: Are there resources and support systems in place for mental and emotional well-being?

Inclusivity in Decision-making: Are all team members given the chance to contribute to decisions, making them feel valued and included?

Feedback Culture: Is feedback given and received constructively, fostering personal and professional growth?

Think about these points to see where your workplace stands and what steps can be taken to build a healthier, more supportive environment.

Remember, psychological safety isn’t just about comfort, it’s about creating a space where everyone can excel and grow.

Btw, I have a video where I talk more about creating psychological safety at work. Watch it below!

👇 How does your workplace fare against this checklist? Are there areas you’re excelling in or aspects that need attention? Share your thoughts, experiences, or questions below.

Want to learn more about creating psychologically safe workspaces?

Our Psychological Safety training has resources and training sessions to help you build a supportive and dynamic work environment.

Click here for details! 🖤

Create a great day!

Amanda + Team Mako Mindfulness



Feeling stressed out & psychologically unsafe at work?

Check out our guides!

The Mako Method™ Resource Guide for Stress Management

Download our resource guide and learn over 50 ways you can use quick breathing exercises, affirmations, gratitude, journaling, and perspectives practices throughout the day to manage your stress and create psychological safety at work.


The Mako Method™ for Psychological Safety – The Ultimate Checklist

Download our free checklist to learn our framework of best practices for creating and experiencing more Psychological Safety at Work. 

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