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Psychological Safety

Psychological safety is an interpersonal climate in which individuals feel able to take interpersonal risks without fear of negative consequences and unique skills are valued.

Organisational Level

In our company some employees are rejected for being different. 

When someone in our company makes a mistake, it is often held against them. 

No one in our company would deliberately act in a way that undermines others’ efforts.

The people in our company value others’ unique skills and talents.

As an employee in our company one is able to bring up problems and tough issues.

Team Level

If you make a mistake on this team, it is often held against you. 

No one in this team would deliberately act in a way that undermines others’ efforts.

People on this team sometimes reject others for being different.

It is difficult to ask other members of this team for help. 

No one in this team would deliberately act in a way that undermines others’ efforts.

Individual Level

I feel safe to take a risk on this team.

No one on this team would deliberately act in a way that undermines my efforts.

Working with members of this team, my unique skills and talents are valued and utilized.

It is easy for me to ask other members of this organization for help.

I’m worried that expressing true thoughts in my workplace would do harm to myself.

To ensure proper attribution of the questions used in our assessment, please note the following sources:

Question 1-5: Baer, M.; Frese, M. (2003). Innovation is not enough: climates for initiative and psychological safety, process innovations, and firm performance. Journal of Organizational Behaviour, 24, 45-68.

Question 6-10: Edmondson, A. (1999). Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 44(2), 350–383.

Question 11, 12, 15: Liang, J.; Farh, C. I. C.; Farh, J.-L. (2012). Psychological Antecedents of Promotive and Prohibitive Voice: A Two-Wave Examination. Academy of Management Journal, 55(1), 71–92.

Question 13: Edmondson, A. (1999).

Question 14: Carmeli, A.; Reiter-Palmon, R.; Ziv, E. (2010). Inclusive Leadership and Employee Involvement in Creative Tasks in the Workplace: The Mediating Role of Psychological Safety. Creativity Research Journal, 22(3), 250–260.

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