Red Flags in Workplace Culture 🚩

There’s one element that sets great workplaces apart from the rest.

And that’s psychological safety.

When it’s alive and well in an organization, you may see a huge difference in employee wellbeing, engagement, productivity, and more.

In spaces like these, connections aren’t just casual chit chat by the water cooler.

They’re real. They’re deep.

It’s a testament to a culture that values trust and safety above all else.

And if you’re wondering whether or not your workplace has psychological safety…

Let me walk you through the signs that psychological safety thrives in an organization and the signs it doesn’t.

Signs Your Workplace Has Psychological Safety:

✅ Manageable Workloads = Harmonious Lives

Ever heard someone say, “I’ve got a lot on my plate, but I can handle it”? That’s the sound of a healthy work-life harmony.

People aren’t drowning in deadlines, they can handle it because they have:

  • Just the right tools and time to deliver quality work
  • Autonomy over their schedules and tasks
  • The ability to focus without distractions

✅ Work-Life Harmony

You know it’s a good sign when folks talk about weekend plans with genuine excitement.

That’s because they:

  • Feel the company genuinely cares about their life outside these walls
  • Receive solid support during personal or family ups and downs
  • Trust in the policies designed to avoid burnout

✅ Acknowledgment Beyond the Job Description

It’s a win when people feel seen – and I mean truly seen, for who they are, not just what they do.

A psychologically safe space ensures:

  • Protection from psychological harm, be it from clients or work pressures
  • A proactive approach to reducing stress and addressing conflicts
  • Space to talk about what’s affecting them, without fear of consequences or hesitation

Warning Signs There’s A Lack in Psychological Safety:

🚩 The Silence of Struggle

When the halls echo with nothing but the click of keyboards, and no one speaks up in meetings, alarm bells should ring.

A silent team could indicate:

  • A fear of speaking out, sharing ideas, or asking for help
  • Concern over retaliation or dismissal for acknowledging issues
  • The absence of open, honest communication channels

🚩 High-Stress Environment

If you notice more furrowed brows than smiles, something’s off.

A high-stress environment is pointing towards:

  • Unreasonable workloads with unrealistic expectations
  • A culture that prioritizes deadlines over well-being
  • Little to no resources and support for employees’ mental health

🚩 Walking on Eggshells

When every conversation is as cautious as a walk to a minefield, you know there’s a problem.

This tiptoeing is often due to:

  • A history of harsh punishments for mistakes or feedback
  • Leadership that manages by fear, not inspiration
  • The lack of psychological safety stifling innovation and risk-taking

So, here’s the bottom line.

🚩 Without psychological safety, teams may crumble under pressure, innovation decreases, and ultimately, the business may suffer.

✅ But where it exists, you’ll see a vibrant culture brimming with energy, ideas, and people who aren’t just surviving the workday but are truly flourishing.

➡️ If you’re spotting more red flags than healthy signs, it might be time for a deeper evaluation of your team and company’s culture.

Safer workplaces begin with informed teams. 💡

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Create a great day,

Amanda + Team Mako Mindfulness

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