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LinkedIn VP of product says that we need to talk about psychological safety at work

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It’s hard for many people to show vulnerability–especially at work. It’s even more difficult for people to engage in conversations around psychological safety.

Psychological safety is the belief that a team member can take risks without fear of embarrassment or ridicule, and companies aren’t doing enough to promote that. Occupational pressures and concerns are, by far, the leading source of stress for American adults. According to a recent survey by LinkedIn, 50% of workers today report feeling stressed in their jobs.

Helping employees feel psychologically safe impacts productivity, engagement, creativity, and presenteeism. (It’s also the right thing to do.) If companies want to attract and retain the best talent, its leaders must make a concerted effort to build workplace cultures that help people bring their full selves to work. Here’s why that’s crucial to the company’s success.

It’s no surprise that worry and anxiety often hamper workplace success and stifle growth, creativity, and productivity. This is a particularly acute........

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