Human Wholeness: Developing a Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplace

True workplace safety must embrace psychological safety as well as physical safety. It requires a positive workplace culture and holding leaders accountable for addressing factors that threaten employee mental health and psychological safety.
— By Malibu Kothari

Physical safety in the workplace is fairly easy to identify because most hazards can be visually identified and removed. As long as employees follow the safety rules, they are normally at low risk of incurring physical harm. Psychological safety and health in the workplace is more challenging to address because it concerns emotions, feelings, and ways of thinking.

A psychologically safe workplace is one where employees feel comfortable taking interpersonal risks without fear of negative consequences. In a psychologically safe place, people are willing to share issues of mental health, bring their authentic self to work without fear of harassment or judgment, and even discuss workpla...

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