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Psychological Safety and the ProSocial Matrix

Help your team to be comfortable expressing themselves and work better together.

 Help your team to be comfortable expressing themselves and work better together. 

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What is Psychological Safety?

Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson describes psychological safety as "a climate in which people are comfortable expressing and being themselves.” 

The importance of Psychological Safety and how it benefits organisations

Research shows that psychological safety in teams leads to:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Improved error reporting
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Managing change easier
  • Increased levels of employee engagement and productivity
  • Improved staff retention

Benefits of Psychological Safety to your team

  • Feel at ease raising problems and concerns
  • Able to admit they make mistakes without fear of the consequences
  • It is safe to take risks
  • Skills and talents are valued and utilised
  • Members of the team will help and support colleagues
  • Difference is valued

How can you improve Psychological Safety in your organisation?

By using the ProSocial Matrix you will improve Psychological Safety as your team, and the organisation, will benefit from:

  • A better understanding of and commitment to the organisational vision, purpose, values and objectives
  • Increased productivity and improved customer satisfaction
  • Higher levels of engagement leading to improved results

The ProSocial Matrix, created by clinical psychologist Dr Kevin Polk, is a tool designed to help members of groups improve psychological safety and work better together. 

This globally proven framework based on Nobel Prize winner, Elinor Ostrom’s eight design principles for successful groups, enables teams to understand and commit to behaviours that work for achieving the shared purposes of the organisation.

the ProSocial Matrix focuses on the group behaviours in the context of the groups shared purpose.

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Benefits of using the ProSocial Matrix with teams include:

  • A better understanding of and commitment to the organisational vision, purpose, values and objectives
  • Improved co-operation and collaboration
  • Increased productivity and improved customer satisfaction
  • Higher levels of engagement leading to improved results

We use validated tools to measure the success of a programme.

“Thank you so very much for the excellent way in which you ran our remote access workshops over the past 3 weeks. I think it has been a very interesting and given us a real look in on ourselves.”

Deborah Burns, Director of Care and Quality Governance, NI Hospice

To arrange a 30min complimentary call to discuss how we could develop psychological safety in your team click here and select a date or email info@julieallenconsulting.com

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