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After Survey Actions: Psychological Safety

Leading places to work ensure that all employees feel valued, valuable, and empowered to participate fully.

A psychologically safe workplace lets employees know it’s okay to be open and honest.

This collection is part of After Survey Actions from Leading Edge.

Psychological Safety in the Field

In the 2022 Employee Experience Survey:

  • 78% of employees agreed that “It is safe to take risks on my team — e.g., try new things, share new or different perspectives, ask tough questions, etc.”
  • 65% of employees agreed that “I'm comfortable sharing potentially unpopular opinions about how to do our work.”
  • Remember the power dynamics: Executive team members were most likely to report feeling comfortable sharing unpopular opinions about the work; individual contributors were least likely to report feeling comfortable sharing those thoughts.

(Read a full report on the 2022 Employee Experience Survey.)

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“It can be tough to share, depending on the person I am speaking to. There are some members of my team, as well as managers and others I work with, who shut down unpopular opinions as soon as I bring them up. It's really disheartening to not even have my opinions considered.” — Employee Experience Survey Respondent

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