I’ll get right to the point: Teams work better when they feel safe. And this one-page PDF from the Re:work team at Google gives clear and actionable things you can do and think about that will help to make your team feel safe. It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager or a team-member; check them out.

Now, on to the waffle.

I’m fascinated by team dynamics – what makes them work (or not work), what makes a team excel, and ways in which I can improve, or actions I can take, to get the most out of myself and my colleagues. People are social animals – and I feel that’s often forgotten about in a business setting.

Recently, I stumbled upon Re:work, from Google. The site itself is a veritible trove of information for anyone wanting to improve themselves and their teams, but one of the most important things for me when it comes to fostering teamwork is to ensure that your team feels safe. that might sound “cute”, but if your team don’t feel safe, bad things happen, because thanks to biology, they don’t cooperate as well.

So I was super-chuffed when I found the Re:work site – and more so when I discovered this Actions for Psychological Safety PDF which gives clear and actionable things you can do (as a leader or as a team member) to help your team feel psychologically safe. I think it’s well worth checking out. I can already spot a number of things I could do more of.

I’d love to know what you do to help make your teams feel safe. Let me know in the comments 🙂

Read the source page: Fostering Psychological Safety

Written by Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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