These Kill Psychological Safety: The Common Pitfalls

Building psychological safety in an organization takes much hard work.

And while we’ve talked about ways we can create psychological safety…

It’s equally important to recognize what might be killing it right under our noses.

Today, let’s spotlight the common missteps we might make.

Knowing what NOT to do can be just as helpful.

🚫 Common Pitfalls Killing Psychological Safety:

✋ Suppressing Fresh Ideas: Ever dismissed a new, original with, “That’s not how we do things here”? Even unintentionally, this can signal to your team that their innovative ideas are unwelcome.

🗣️ Undermining Confidence: Encouraging your team isn’t just about applauding their triumphs. It’s also about letting them voice their concerns, ideas, or questions without fear of retribution.

😵💫 Not Equipping with Essential Skills: It’s one thing to tell your team to speak up; it’s another to equip them with the resources needed to do their job. Investing in professional development isn’t just a bonus – it’s a necessity.

😈 Creating a Competitive, Not Collaborative, Atmosphere: When team members feel like they’re pitted against each other, the environment becomes more about “survival” than mutual growth.

🤐 Inconsistent Feedback: Only providing feedback during annual reviews? The lack of regular, constructive feedback can make employees second-guess their contributions and hesitate to share.

So, what can we do?

Recognizing these pitfalls is the first step towards making sure you’re not unintentionally stifling psychological safety.

For each roadblock above, ask yourself: Have I unknowingly contributed to this?

And if so, what steps can I take to improve it?

In creating a psychologically safe environment, it’s crucial to remember: We’re all human.

We make mistakes, learn, and grow.

What matters isn’t the misstep, but the journey to making it right again.

Looking to elevate your team’s dynamic? 💪 Our training focuses on Psychological Safety, offering practical tools for stress management, fostering open communication, and understanding the ripple effects of our actions. It’s about building an environment where everyone feels valued and heard. Interested?

Check out the link below to learn more!

Till next time!

Create a great day,

Amanda + Team Mako Mindfulness

#MindfulnessTraining #StressManagement #PsychologicalSafety #TrainingAndDevelopment #StaffDevelopment


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