35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


Psychological Safety: Inclusion’s Crucial and Often Forgotten Element

75-minute Workshop

Day 2

Session Code: VS-4
When: March 28, 2023
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Raafi-Karim Alidina, Included


Without psychological safety, diversity and inclusion will not be effective. Psychological safety allows comfort to admit mistakes and learn from failure. It builds a better culture of innovation and decision making, where everyone can openly share ideas. Psychological danger leads to a fear of admitting mistakes and blaming others, and means we’ll be less likely to share different views. Building a diverse team and placing them in an environment that is not psychologically safe undermines the recruitment work and stunts the performance of your team.

From academic evidence, we know improving psychological safety will improve overall engagement, innovation, team effectiveness, and strategic problem solving. Psychological safety is not achieved through engagement activities or empowering employees to own their work. Instead, it requires a cultural and environmental shift. Your employees should be confident in how others will react to them sharing a new idea or voicing a challenge.

Using practical examples from organizations like Pixar and Volkswagen, this human will explain how diversity will not benefit your organization unless psychological safety is present. Psychological safety is the crucial element required for inclusion to be realized in your organization.

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand what psychological safety is and why it’s crucial for diversity and inclusion work
• Gain the ability to achieve psychological safety in your organization by following practical tips you can start using with your teams tomorrow
• Learn to measure the impact of your work using qualitative inclusion data

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