Workplace Inclusion & Psychological Safety

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt out of place like you didn’t belong?

Maybe you felt awkward and uncomfortable at times, right?

And all you wanted to do was slip away quietly and leave…

Well, unfortunately, for some people, this is what they feel on a daily basis in the workplace.

And it makes a huge difference in their performance, engagement, and the way they show up for work…

The thing is, each person has a basic need to connect with others and feel accepted.

No matter what environment a person is in, feeling accepted and having good relations with others can help them recover better from stress, improve their physical and mental health and so much more…

That’s why Inclusion Safety is the first stage of Psychological Safety after we take time to examine our needs and begin managing our stress. It is a basic human need and is a right for all people.

When a company encourages inclusion safety in its culture, these things are likely to happen:

  • People feel safe enough to bring their whole authentic selves to work
  • They perform better, sharing their unique perspectives and capabilities
  • Harmony and good relations boost, bringing better teamwork to projects

And most of all, psychological safety grows significantly.

Sounds amazing, right?

But on the other hand, when a workplace doesn’t foster inclusion safety, this can often happen:

  • There’s a wall between teams
  • Employees prioritize competing over collaborating
  • And people don’t feel safe being their authentic selves

NOT so amazing.

But the good news is, it doesn’t have to come to that!

The benefits of promoting a culture of inclusion safety can do wonders for the performance of you and your coworkers.

And here are a few ways you can help do that,

Be present and listen.

Make time to show your coworkers that you’re engaged in listening to their perspectives and learning more about them.

They’ll feel more open to being present in return.

Don’t compare and ridicule.

Embarrassing people can lead to resentment and fear. Instead, applaud their wins and improvements.

In the event that you do have to deliver hard feedback, do it in a safe space where the receiving party can actually process the more challenging information.

Know that positive approaches like this encourage people to grow and thrive!

Ask questions.

Care about other people’s thoughts and opinions by taking this initiative. When you let people know you care, people feel like they matter.

So here are a couple of questions to help you self-reflect on how you can better include others:

  • Do I believe everyone is created equal?
  • Do I accept others simply because they are people?

Remember, when people feel like their whole selves are valued, they start showing up as their best selves and engaging in a whole new way.

And that’s the beauty of inclusion!

This week’s newsletter comes from one of our Psychological Safety Inbox Coaching™ programs. This is a series of lessons, exercises, animated scenarios, and recommendations to develop the habit of taking care of themselves and increase awareness of how their everyday behaviors contribute to the Psychological Safety of their work environment. These are delivered directly to your employee’s Email Inbox at the top of the day to set the tone. This resource includes email access to our Business Psychology & Psychological Safety coaches*

Interested in Training/Resources for your employees? DM me or use this link to start the conversation!

Create a great day! #MakoMindfulness

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The Mako Method™ Resource Guide for Stress Management

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