“Building psychological safety in virtual teams takes effort and strategy that pays off in engagement, collegiality, productive dissent, and idea generation.” Amy C. Edmondson and Gene Daley
There is a wonderful article in the Harvard Business Review by Amy C. Edmondson and Gene Daley about “How to Foster Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings.” Based on Edmondson’s research, we know that it is important for people to feel psychologically safe so they feel they can ask questions, state their concerns, and share their ideas without fear of reprisal. We also know that interacting virtually presents many impediments to open and honest communication. It is hard to read social cues or nonverbals and there are a lot of distractions.
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“Psychological safety is really important to the learning process.” Sharon Bowman
We have included a trust-building module in The Peer Learning Group Program. We feel that it is advisable for any group to participate in this module prior to starting on a topical module.
The effectiveness of a Peer Learning Group depends upon the willingness of its members to be open and honest with each other. The only environment in which people feel comfortable to be so open and honest is one where they trust each other and feel safe. This is called “psychological safety.”
Amy Edmondson, who coined the term, defines psychological safety as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”