by Bernard Coleman III
Originally published: September 27, 2017
Psychological safety, just what is that exactly?
The term psychological safety can feel fairly loaded, particularly when the word psychological is associated with safety. Psychological safety may seem to be the nomenclature nouveau, but the term is not new. It's actually common parlance within the diversity and inclusion space and was coined in 1999 by Harvard Business School’s Amy C. Edmondson.
So let's unpack what people truly mean when they say they require psychological safety in the workplace. As defined, psychological safety refers to “a climate in which people are comfortable being (and expressing) themselves.”