Psychological Safety Scenario #1 – Mental Health Ridicule

Ahhh! I’m so excited to share OUR FIRST SCENARIO for the Creating Psychological Safety newsletter.

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For those of you that don’t know, I facilitate training & develop resources for companies and schools and our focus is Stress Management & Psychological Safety at work.

Our Psychological Safety trainings are scenario based and generate some really great conversation around the way we experience and contribute to the sense of psychological safety in our work environments.

When I share these with you all my hope is that we can generate some great dialogue, share ideas, and reflect on our own experiences with similar situations in the workplace.

With these specific newsletter posts, you’ll see a few things.

  1. A scenario to watch
  2. Pause + Prompt – I’ll leave you a question or two to reflect on after watching the scenarios
  3. Recommendations – A brief reflection from our team with ideas you may consider if you find yourself in this situation.


So do you ever gossip about your coworkers behind their back? *side eye*

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In this scenario, a new employee facing pressure to impress his new superiors is struggling to decide how to react to workplace gossip and bullying. This scenario tackles the way gossip and bullying can impact the workplace, while also highlighting how difficult it can be to navigate toxic workplace behavior when it’s linked to leadership.


Have you ever found yourself on either side of this scenario? What would you do??

Share your experience in the comments. Let’s learn from each other.


When we project our judgements about others onto others, we can potentially kill the spirit of the workplace by not allowing people to express their full-selves. We don’t get to authentically learn about each other’s thoughts and experiences unless we take the time to listen and be present. This is the value of allowing people to form their own opinions about interactions with their peers. As an employee, it’s important for you to consider your responsibility from multiple angles:

Set boundaries by letting others know you’re not available for gossip about coworkers. This may sound like, “I appreciate you looking out for my best interests. I’d really like to form my own opinion about XYZ”.

People are going to gossip and there’s not always a way around that. Decide for yourself how much you will be available for, when you’ll walk away from the conversation, and that you will still make your own opinions at work.

If you find yourself sharing your opinions of others with people – take a step back to question your intentions and decide if this is necessary and contributing to a Psychologically Safe work environment.


We have tons of these scenarios in our AT WORK Psychological Safety training series. Send me a DM or use the link below to start the Psychological Safety conversation with your team/organization!


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. 

Which guide do you want?